Mentoring scheme helps students to develop 'business' edge

Published: 2 October 2009 at 12:23

Taster evening sets up mentor and mentee relationships that will help students and businesses to grow and develop

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Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge Campus has welcomed both the Institute of Directors and interested students to a Mentoring Taster Evening designed to match students with employers for the forthcoming progamme.

Employers nationally identify the lack of business awareness among graduates as being a significant barrier to progress. Addressing this key concern, Anglia Ruskin University’s Employer Mentoring Scheme has been developed as a targeted program, giving individual students support and mentoring from a graduate or professional from local organisations.

On a one-to-one basis, these mentors are invaluable in encouraging and helping the coming generation of our graduates to understand, evaluate and enhance their personal skills and business awareness. The scheme is highly regarded within the sector and has Home Office recognition

During the taster event, previous participating students and their employer mentors talked about the benefit at the outset from an Interactive Training Workshop. 

More importantly, the mentoring experience and the University’s ongoing support develops both the skills of the mentee but also participating staff, providing both Mentee and Mentor with a valuable developmental opportunity.

Describing the benefits of the scheme, Jackie Walker, who graduated in February 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Business Management, and now works for Marshalls as a Marketing Assistant said:

“The mentoring scheme gave me a lot more confidence and my success of securing a position in Marketing had a lot to do with my mentor.  She helped me with my employability skills and advice on how to look for jobs and behave in interviews.”

If you would like to find out more about taking part, please call Katie Morris on 0845 196 2541 or email katie.morris@anglia.ac.uk