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.
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:
"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)
"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:
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:
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:
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: email@example.com.