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Mentoring is a powerful tool, giving students and recent graduates access to an informal 'professional friend', someone with experience within an organisation or business who will help mentees with their career plans, employability, and accessing graduate roles.
Southampton Solent University describes the mentoring relationship as informal, mentee-centred and unbiased. It’s a partnership which helps the mentee to gain ‘insider’ understanding and knowledge which is vital for their success in the graduate labour market.
Here at the University we have several programmes which you may be interested in:
Both mentors and mentees gain from the experience and find it helps them in many ways. Benefits include improved confidence, making connections and extending contacts. Furthermore, evidence shows that mentoring schemes increase the likelihood of gaining a graduate level job.
As a mentee, you will be matched with a working professional to gain employment support and experience. You will gain vital business advice to prepare you for the next stage and it will develop your contacts in the business world.
The Mentor Hub is our online mentoring platform. It provides opportunities for mentors and mentees to promote their skills and experiences, allowing them to interact in a software based system.
Training will be provided for both mentees and mentors and is required to gain access to The Mentor Hub. Sign up to The Mentor Hub to access training dates.
Access The Mentor Hub
Some previous mentees said that the best thing about having a mentor was:
Several Solent students discuss the peer mentoring scheme: the training involved, what they did and the support provided.
Lauren and Sam worked as a peer mentoring pair. They discuss the training, and how peer mentoring will help them achieve career goals and gain confidence and time management skills.
Fabiola is a mature student who worked with other students to help them ease their transition into higher education.
Korede discusses how she has helped other students and developed her own skills.
Amr has worked as a digibud (digital skills mentor) as well as an employability peer mentor. The scheme gave him more tools to help other students and develop his final year project.
Lyndsay was interested in improving her CV and joined the programme after encouragement from her tutor.
Kaylee has worked for two years as a peer mentor after having the programme recommended to her by her lecturer. She helps students in academic writing skills.
Joshua wanted to help other students on his course with maths skills and general support.
The mentoring schemes are managed by Solent Futures, who co-ordinate the recruitment, matching service and organise training and review sessions for mentors and mentees.
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