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Student Mentoring Programme - University of Wolverhampton

Student Mentoring Programme

Key information: what you need to know before making your decision

As a student mentor, you’ll be committing to a mutually beneficial, professionally

focused relationship with your mentee. This brief guide details some important

information about the roles and responsibilities of a mentor, their ideal attributes, and

what would be expected of you if you decide to formally join the mentoring programme.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The Student Mentoring Programme matches a graduate (mentor) with a final year

student (mentee) to help prepare them for life after graduation.

Becoming a mentor is a very rewarding experience, both for you and your mentee. As a

graduate, your journey since leaving the University means you will have encountered

first-hand some of the challenges facing students today as they prepare to enter the

world of work.

By sharing your insights, and offering your mentee the opportunity to gain extra

knowledge, skills and experience that are relevant to their chosen career and meet the

needs of potential employers, you can help equip them to succeed in an increasingly

competitive jobs market. What’s more, it gives you the opportunity to develop your own

personal and professional skills, and enhance your CV for your own career.

TIME AND COMMITMENT

The programme lasts for 9 months, running from October 2013 to June 2014. Training

and review sessions will take place in the evening (approx. 6pm-8pm) at City Campus.

October 2013:

December 2013:

March 2014:

June 2014:

Group mentor/mentee training session

Meet your mentee

First meeting (then on-going monthly)

Review session 1 (share experiences)

Review session 2 (progress update)

Review session 3 (end)

During the 9 months you ideally need to be able to commit 1-2 hours per month to meet

with your mentee face-to-face, in addition to any communication you have over email or

telephone.

You will also be required to attend three review sessions (one every three months).

These will be organised by the Programme Co-ordinator in Alumni and Development

and will involve all mentors and mentees coming together at the University to discuss

progress, share feedback and identify any potential issues.


YOUR ROLE

A mentor:

Manages the relationship

Encourages

Nurtures

Teaches

Offers mutual respect

Responds to the mentee’s needs

Supports at all times

As a mentor your role is to build a relationship with your mentee based on trust and

mutual respect, and through identifying their needs, support them with practical advice,

opportunities to develop their skills, and enhance their experience of the working world.

Mentors should have the skills to:

Improve the mentee’s breadth of knowledge

• Share examples, information and resources

• Share critical knowledge

• Share a broader perspective of organisations, culture and strategy

• Provide contacts/networks for mentees to follow up (if appropriate)

• Share own experiences and career decisions made

Improve the mentee’s breadth of skills

• General skills such as communication, time-keeping, organisation and

prioritising

• Specific skills relevant to their chosen career route (e.g. creating a portfolio of

work)

• Interview skills, CV writing and application forms

• Professional work conduct

Help mentees to articulate their aspirations and realise their potential

• Inspire to excellence

• Offer challenging ideas

• Stimulate creative thinking

• Encourage winning behaviour – role model behaviour

Raise the mentees self-confidence

• Offer encouragement

• Recognise and reward positive change in behaviour

• Provide tailored, accurate and regular feedback

• Trigger self-awareness and encourage reflection


YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

• Meet with your mentee when agreed

• Manage time commitments

• Work with your mentee to identify their needs and agree priorities (driven by

mentee)

• Prompt mentee to draw up their own personal development plan (PDPs)

• Initiate reviews of progress at regular intervals

• Ensure confidentiality as agreed with mentee

• Confront and reflect on positive and less positive behaviours/actions

• Prompt mentee to keep the Programme Co-ordinator in Alumni and

Development updated on progress

• Manage feelings/emotions when closing down the formal relationship

WHO MAKES A GOOD MENTOR?

We are first and foremost looking for dedicated and enthusiastic alumni who have a

genuine interest in seeing people advance. You may also identify yourself as having the

following:

• A wide range of relevant skills to pass on

• A good understanding of your potential mentee’s context

• Patience with good interpersonal skills

• Sufficient time to devote to the relationship

• Ability to command respect

• A relevant network of contacts and influence

• Recognition of your own development and support needs

• A continued desire to learn

NEXT STEPS

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a mentor and you’re still interested in joining

the programme, then all you need to do is complete our Mentor Enrolment Form and

email it to Amy Roberton in Alumni & Development at: a.roberton@wlv.ac.uk

CONTACT US

Alumni & Development

University of Wolverhampton

MX Building, City Campus North

Camp Street

Wolverhampton

WV1 1AD

Email: alumni@wlv.ac.uk

Tel: 01902 323056 / 1157

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