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Mentoring schemes

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:

  1. Professional mentoring - matches students and recent graduates to professionals from their area of interest. Mentoring support may include help with a CV, introduction to colleagues or insight into a sector or leading organisation. Employers have included the BBC, Captec, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hampshire Constabulary, Old Mutual Wealth, Carnival UK, E3 Consulting, Pan’s Lodge Interior Design, MBE Events and Plug and Play.
  2. Business start-up mentoring – matches recent graduates who have set up their own business, to professionals who can provide guidance on anything enterprise. The relationship allows the graduate to realise their personal and professional situation in order to develop strategies to succeed in their business.
  3. Peer mentoring - is delivered by using ‘experienced’ students to mentor individual, small, or class sized groups to support students from a lower year. Thorough training is given. See videos below explaining the peer mentoring programme. If you are interested in gaining skills and helping other students, email mentoring@solent.ac.uk expressing an interest in being a peer mentor.

Why will this benefit me?

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.

How do I get a professional mentor?

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.

What previous mentees have to say

Some previous mentees said that the best thing about having a mentor was:

  • ‘input from an independent individual who thought outside the box and offered loads of enthusiasm and encouragement’
  • ‘learning from someone with more experience and having some independent expert advice.’
  • ‘being able to meet someone new and have the chance to talk about all the possibilities out there before graduation’
  • ‘a feeling of optimism when leaving meetings and having an ongoing relationship’.

Further information

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.

For more information email mentoring@solent.ac.uk

Page last updated on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 11.52am.

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