Alumni Mentoring Scheme
Imperial College Careers Service is excited to be running the Alumni Mentoring Scheme, an initiative which aims to develop Imperial students’ knowledge of the professional workplace and potential careers via individual alum Mentors. The 10 month scheme promotes and supports a structured relationship between alumni and students, whereby alumni can share their professional experiences, personal insights and employability advice with students to:
- Increase their prospects through greater understanding of career opportunities, the workplace and employer expectations
- Enhance their aspirations and increase their confidence when thinking about their career planning
The scheme is aimed at continuing Imperial undergraduates (going into their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of study) and PhD students across all degree disciplines to participate as mentees, and we prioritise students that meet the College's widening participation criteria.
Our next mentoring cycle will commence in October 2020. If you would like to be contacted when alumni registration opens, please email complete our Expression of Interest Form. If you have any enquiries in the meantime please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits to Mentors and their organisations
The Scheme provides alumni and their organisations with the opportunity to:
- Share their professional experiences and learning with motivated students who are interested in the alumnus’ field of expertise
- Develop transferrable mentoring and coaching skills for future people management or leadership responsibilities within their own career
- Gain satisfaction from helping motivated students to increase their confidence and progress with their career choices and ambitions
- Promote their sector and profession directly to students, along with potential career opportunities within their organisation
- Build a strong link with Imperial College London
The Mentor role and support from the Careers Service
The Mentor role is intended to support and encourage present Imperial students in understanding how best to use their time at Imperial to develop their professional skills, along with providing advice on preparing for the next stage in their career. The standard commitment from a Mentor will be a minimum of six interactions (in person or virtually) over the duration of the partnership. The Mentee is expected to be responsible for organising these meetings.
Before you start as a Mentor you will be provided with our Guide to Mentoring which provides a more detailed outline of the division of responsibilities within the Mentor/Mentee relationship, Mentor/Mentee expectations, logistics and an overview of support for Mentors from the Careers Service. Mentors will also be invited to the Alumni Mentoring Scheme Induction Event where both will receive a brief training session on:
- Key mentoring and coaching skills
- Overview of roles and responsibilities
- Standard expectations and commitments
- Goal setting
- Planning and structuring contact
- Support from the Careers Service
Matching the Mentor and Mentee
In their application, students are asked to explain their personal and professional motivations, development needs and what they are hoping to achieve from the scheme. The Careers Service match the candidates using these criteria. Please be aware that the Mentee you are allocated may not necessarily match your company's normal recruitment profile.