Solent Futures’ Focus Programme 2018
Professional Mentoring Programme – making a difference
Solent University aims to offer an outstanding student experience, combining applied skills and intellectual challenge with a diverse, inclusive and supportive learning environment - developing students' self-confidence and enhancing their careers.
Our professional mentoring programme aims to equip students to increase their skills, to support the transition into the workplace and to secure professional / graduate roles. Last year we had 107 companies and 143 mentors involved, including Carnival UK, B&Q, Arqiva, Blake Morgan, IBM, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. The mentoring programme is a great way to build connections with Solent, other employers and, of course, our wonderful students!
It is a great way for you to get involved with Solent and to share your knowledge and experience by just giving a bit of your time to make a real difference to some of our students. Mentoring can also support CSR, and or diversity and inclusion objectives for your organisation.
“Seeing the progress and growing confidence of my mentee from day one to the finish of the Mentoring programme is priceless and truly rewarding.” Mentor from our 2017 programme
This year, our mentoring programme is working with our students who are female and in their second year of study. We do have a handful of students in their final year and one undertaking an MA.
“I never realised that my experience and background could be so beneficial to someone else who has not had such experience in life yet, and it was rewarding to see my mentee grow more confident” Mentor from our 2017 programme
We will match you with a student by December, with your first meeting to happen in January, 2019. We suggest you are then in contact every 4 - 6 weeks either face-to-face or via Skype if meeting up is difficult. The aim of the mentoring is to help the student to consider their career path and provide essential industry advice around many different topics that may suggested by your mentee. As the students will be in their second year they may need advice around finding relevant work experience, improving their Linked In profile, having someone outside of Solent to discuss career aspirations with.
If you haven’t been a mentor with Solent University before we will provide an induction and this can be via Skype or if you can come into Solent we can host a session here.
“The whole experience reminded me that mentoring is a two-way street and both sides learn from the other.” Mentor from our 2017 programme
For both mentor and mentee, mentoring encourages development of personal and professional skills such as listening, how to hold productive meetings, goal setting, diary management and communication skills. We offer initial training and support along the way with networking opportunities, including a celebration event towards the end of the programme.
The programme will run for one year from January 2019, - January 2020 and this time period should enable you to help our second year students transition from their second year to final year of study. Solent Futures will keep in regular contact with both you as the mentor and the mentee to check how things are going. We will also provide various sessions along the way for the mentees to prepare them for the scheme between Nov – January and throughout the programme.
As a mentor, you will be invited to networking events and we will promote the fact you are working with Solent as a mentor.