National Mentoring Day
In recognition of National Mentoring Day on Saturday 27 October 2018, we asked Sally Nicolson, Employer Engagement Officer in the University’s Careers and Employability Service, to highlight the benefits of mentoring.
With National Mentoring Day coming up, I wanted to bring attention to the value of mentoring and the benefits for both the mentee and the mentor, whatever stage of your career journey you are at. Mentoring is a mutual way of learning, and allows both participants to develop transferable skills.
Benefits of mentoring:
Here at the University of Portsmouth we are keen to provide students with the opportunity to have a mentor, and students can engage with peers, alumni and business mentoring programmes.
Now in its sixth year, one such programme is our IBM Mentoring scheme for first year students which opened for applications this week as part of the National Mentoring Day celebrations. This scheme provides students with an awareness of a corporate workplace, the different graduate roles available within a large organisations and the key competencies required. Students can also gain an overview of a graduate recruitment process and most importantly raises student aspirations and develops transferable skills.
We have seen first-hand the real impact the scheme has had on the IBM mentors who have improved their communication and personal skills, increased their confidence and has been a useful tool in the mentors own self-development and assisting them in their future careers.
One mentor noted:
“I was a little nervous when I started out as a mentor, not knowing if I had enough knowledge and insight to help another student - I couldn’t have been more wrong and it has made me realise how much I know and when I didn’t know the answer I was confident enough to find out from colleagues in IBM, which in turn, increased my network. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as a mentor, it really helped me to improve my confidence.”
Ways you can get involved with mentoring
If you’re interested in being mentored, check out Virgin’s three tips to helping you find the perfect mentor, just like business magnate Richard Branson did when he turned to airline entrepreneur Sir Freddie Laker.
If you’d like to become a mentor, Monster have created this useful guide on how to become a mentor which includes tips on how to promote yourself and to escape your island!
Whatever stage of your career journey, look into becoming a mentor - you never know where it could take you!