In November, over 200 mentors and mentees attended two ‘Meet Your Mentor’ events to kick off their mentoring relationship as part of the University’s various mentoring programmes available for students and recent graduates.
The events provided mentees an opportunity to meet their mentor, discuss objectives and set targets for future meetings as well as network with other participants. Both events welcomed a wide range of professionals across industries as well as a mixture of students and recent graduates.
Vice-Chancellor and President Dr Peter Bonfield and Director of Student and Academic Services Caroline Lloyd helped launch this year’s scheme by encouraging participants to make the most of the opportunity, discussing the benefits of mentoring for both mentees and mentors and sharing the importance of being involved in the Westminster community. They also addressed the changing nature of careers in the 21st century and the role of mentoring in supporting the University’s commitment to ensuring graduates are work-ready.
Since 2010, the Career Mentoring Scheme has made more than 2,000 matches between students and recent graduates with members of our experienced mentoring community from across the world. The Quintin Hogg Trust’s generous funding to the Career Mentoring initiative allows the University to provide this valuable resource to Westminster students and recent graduates, whilst strengthening its ties with its alumni community and the business world.
Mentor applications are open throughout the year and are always seeking to add talented individuals to their pool of mentors. The second cycle of the scheme will run from April – October 2020. All alumni and supporters of the University are encouraged to consider joining and promoting the scheme within their own professional networks.
Talking about the events, Alumni Relations Team Manager Alyssa Martin said: “The Meet Your Mentor events were a great launch to the Career Mentoring scheme this year and helped to set a positive, productive tone for the 6 month relationship that hundreds of our students and recent graduates are embarking on. We truly appreciate our mentors (both alumni and non-alumni) who generously give back to the Westminster community through supporting our students in their professional endeavours.”