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Mentoring Scheme for Female Learners

WHAT’S A MENTORING SCHEME?

We’re a group of professionals who want to support students to develop career related skills and goals through a mentoring scheme.

If you want to join the scheme, you’ll be paired with a mentor who has relevant skills or work experience in the area you want to work in, or who can help you with areas of personal development you want to work on. 

Your mentor will act as a confidential sounding board, and you’ll be able to discuss your career aspirations and personal development with them. Together you’ll put together an action plan to enable you to reach your goals.

The scheme will run until the end of the academic year, with students meeting up with, or having a video call with their mentors for an hour, once a month.

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The kind of things we may be able to help with

We’d like to help you develop some skills you can use both in the workplace, and in your personal life. We’d also like to pass on the benefit of our experience so maybe, just maybe you avoid making the same mistakes we did.

Here’s some of the things you can talk to us about. There’s bound to be more, but this is a good starting point:

  • Improving confidence levels
  • Forming relationships through good communication
  • Talking to people you wouldn’t normally talk to
  • Persuading people to see your point of view
  • How you’ll be expected to behave at work
  • Goal setting
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Putting a CV together
  • Understanding your own potential
  • Understanding your strengths and how to use them effectively
  • Managing your weaknesses
  • What it takes to be a leader

What you can expect from us

We’re pretty reliable, so we’ll do what we say we will, and if we can’t we’ll tell you as soon as we can.

We’ll keep our discussions confidential, unless what you say comes under the college’s Safeguarding policy. If it does, we have to tell the college, but we’ll let you know before we do.

In our first meeting, we’ll agree some ground rules so we both know where we stand.

What we won’t be doing

We’re not your parents so we won’t be lending you any money or asking you to text us and let you know what time you’ll be home. And we won’t be picking you up a Maccie Ds on the way to our mentoring meeting either.

There’s no absolutes in the mentoring scheme, so if you don’t want to write an action plan, you don’t have to. While you’ll agree with your mentor what you’ll discuss and do in your meetings, you don’t have to keep any records or paperwork unless you want to.

What we expect from you

We just need you to turn up to your meetings (either face to face or virtually), and if you can’t, give us as much notice as you can.

Stick to the ground rules that you agree with your mentor in your first meeting, and you won’t go far wrong.

If things aren’t working out the way you thought they would, or you’ve gotten what you need out of the sessions, let us know. There’s no point in carrying on with the sessions if you don’t want or need to.

How to apply for the scheme

The first step is to hit the button below and fill in the questionnaire.  We will then be in touch to let you know what’s next.

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