Alumni Career Mentoring Programme ‌‌

Mentoring is widely recognised as an effective tool for enhancing graduate career prospects and of ensuring informed choice. The Alumni Career Mentoring Programme is offered to students across the University of Stirling Management School (both undergraduate and postgraduate).  It is designed to provide additional support for students as they progress through their studies, and prior to them making the transition from University into their desired professions.

In conjunction with the Careers & Employability Service, Mentors provide students with advice on internship/graduate recruitment schemes, searching and applying for suitable jobs, writing CVs, interview skills, as well as providing an insight into the world of work, or a particular industry often based on their own personal experiences.  

 

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship usually between a less experienced person (the Mentee) and a more experienced person who can inspire and motivate the other person to succeed (the Mentor). It can be an extremely beneficial relationship which is based on mutual trust and respect.  

Mentors contribute to the personal and professional development of Management School students by:

  • Discussing their career choices and options with them;
  • Encouraging them to talk about their ambitions and hopes for the future;
  • Assisting them to identify their skills, abilities and qualities;
  • Building their confidence and assisting them to improve on their weaknesses;
  • Informing them about internships and recruitment schemes open to graduates;
  • Providing advice about job applications and CV writing;
  • Providing opportunities for them to develop their interview skills;
  • Giving them an insight into a particular industry.


The benefits of the scheme:

For students:

  • To improve existing employability skills and support the transition into graduate level employment in chosen field;
  • To build self-esteem and confidence in order to effectively navigate through each stage of the job-search process;
  • To provide specific insights into a particular industry and/or job role.

"I would advise students to make the most of this programme and participate early as it is the opportunity to be mentored by a former graduate and leading employer to develop you as a person, as well as identify and develop your weaknesses such as interview techniques, CV, assessment centres and graduate skills development, which will help you prepare for the graduate market and increase your employability prospects. This is what you will gain by taking part in the Alumni Career Mentoring Programme."

Simron Kandola, Mentee (2015-16)

For mentors:

  • To be able to reflect on their own experiences from a new perspective, and to learn from those about to enter into employment;
  • To enhance existing leadership and coaching skills;
  • To develop and maintain meaningful links with the Management School,  which may lead to future collaborations, projects or events.

"I really enjoyed the feeling that I could add value at no material outlay on my part. I also was very happy to be working with such a driven, smart mentee who was a credit to himself and to the University."

Fraser Lundie, Mentor (2016-17)

 

For the University of Stirling Management School:

  • To build and enhance links with alumni and (graduate) employers.

 

Overview of roles:

Mentees are expected to drive the mentoring relationship; be proactive throughout, and set objectives as appropriate.  The Mentee is responsible for making initial contact with their Mentor as soon as they have received an email introduction.  Mentees are expected to:

  • Be willing to enter the relationship with a clear set of objectives;
  • Listen to and learn from their Mentor which may result in their views, behaviours, assumptions and ways of working being challenged;
  • Act as a representative of the University of Stirling, and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

Mentors are not expected to solve the student’s problems for them, but will instead provide a forum which enables the student to reflect upon their own progress, clarify issues and help them towards identifying a way forward.  Mentors should:

  • Possess good communication skills, patience and a non-judgemental manner;
  • Be able to devote sufficient time to help make the mentoring relationship work;
  • Have a strong rapport with younger people, and an interest in developing their potential;
  • Be prepared to share relevant experiences with their Mentee.

 

Get involved:

If you would like to be considered as a Student Mentee or Alumni Mentor for the 2017/18 Programme, please complete the appropriate form, and return it to Lynn Whiteside, Employability Manager: managementcareers@stir.ac.uk.

2018 Mentee Application Form 

2018 Mentor Registration Form

 

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