The University of Brighton will welcome over 50 mentors this autumn as part of its Careers Service’s Momentum programme, which aims to pair professionals and managers with university students who wish to gain employability skills and confidence. This year, the university is keen to recruit more mentors from the Hastings area.
Robert Prosser, programme co-ordinator, said: “Having an experienced professional from a relevant field as a mentor can be a great boost for a student who lacks contacts or confidence.
“Since Momentum began as a tiny scheme in 2005, the program has seen some fantastic results. Students have gained jobs with top employers such as the Swiss Finance Institute and overcome barriers like fear of public speaking.”
Expanding this year to offer places to over 60 students from under-represented backgrounds, Momentum has won awards at local and national levels for its innovative approach to the increasingly popular concept of mentoring.
Robert said: “Many students set out on their careers without a “little black book” of useful contacts, so Momentum functions on two levels. Not only do they get a role model who will focus on helping them to achieve their goals, but also they have access to the full network of everyone on the programme. They are able to contact and learn from a wide range of experts, from bankers to artists.
“Additionally the mentors, many of whom studied here themselves, get to build up their own networks, not only for peer support but occasionally for business opportunities, too.”
Becoming a mentor can help you or your staff to gain insight, contacts and leadership experience through a structured, supportive and reflective programme.
To apply, download our mentor application form as soon as possible and apply by Friday 18 October.
More information on professional mentoring at the University of Brighton can be obtained from its Careers Service at www.brighton.ac.uk/careers <http://www.brighton.ac.uk/careers> .