2012 Helping students develop their employability through career mentoring

Annette Baxter, Jeff Waldock and Stef Ashton-Wigman

Through engaging with employers, alumni and professional associations the Careers and Employment Service has recruited professionals from a range of local and national organisations to become volunteer career mentors for students. 

Over the past 2 academic years, the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network and the Royal Academy of Engineering/HESTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) have awarded research funds to the Careers and Employment Service to develop a career mentoring scheme specifically for Psychology, Engineering and Maths students. 

Through the scheme the students identify their objectives, negotiate the agenda with the mentor, organise meetings and make notes of the meetings and following up on any action points agreed.  By taking this proactive role, students not only gain valuable insights into a job role but develop confidence and take responsibility for developing their personal and professional skills enhancing their capacity to succeed in the graduate employment market.  

Within the session there will be opportunity to hear from both mentors and mentees who have taken part in the scheme over the last 2 years.  Student mentees can share their experiences and talk about the outcomes, benefits and challenges of the programme and mentors will present how they and their employing organisation have benefited from volunteering on the scheme. Faculty colleagues will also be able to talk about the impact on them and their course from involvement and issues of collaboration.

This session will therefore share the learning outcomes from the past two funded research projects and will explore the issues and considerations for other course team considering working with Careers and Employment Service in order to develop and embed career mentoring within their courses.

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