Mentoring for Pandemic Times 2021

BACKGROUND
Mentoring for Pandemic Times offers you a chance to talk with an experienced, skilled mentor about careers, job-finding, and direction-setting in the challenging, sometimes impossible, circumstances of Covid-19.

As a result of the tremendous positive feedback we have received from the previous pilot mentoring scheme, we have decided to continue the programme for the year 2021. This mentoring scheme is for undergraduates (from second year onwards) and graduate students at Homerton, hosted by Changemakers and the college's Development Office. 

Applications are now closed. 

HOW IT WORKS:

Timeline: From Jan/Feb to June 2021

Time required: from 3 to 5 hours max, according to your availability. Some people prefer to meet weekly; others  fortnightly or even monthly. There is, however, an expectation of a minimum of 3 meetings totalling at least 3 hours.

Process: 
- You are invited to apply to the scheme - using this form -  including a short paragraph on what you hope to gain from the mentoring process. Please take note that your completed application form will be shared with your mentor in the email introduction. 

- College staff will then ‘match’ you with a mentor and make an email introduction. You will be expected to contact your Mentor within five days after having received the email introduction to arrange for a suitable time to meet. (Staff will, of course, be available to support the process if needed.)

Tools for communication: to be decided by mentor and mentee (e.g. Zoom; Teams; WhatsApp) 

Topics: this is an ‘open conversation’, from career decisions to job-finding to balancing work with the rest of life, whatever you wish. The usual rules of respect, openness, consideration and politeness apply 

Confidentiality:  discussions are confidential unless the mentor is concerned about the safety of the mentee, or anyone else’s.

Feedback: At the end of the process, we will ask all participants to fill in a (very short) questionnaire about their experiences.

Please submit your form by 10th Jan 2021, 5pm. NOTE: Any submissions after this deadline will not be dealt with. We will be in touch by the end of January 2021.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applications are now closed.

Feedback from previous students
  • ‘I would like to thank you for this scheme as while I may have only had one year at Cambridge, I found this opportunity useful. The mentor pairing was great, and I now have contacts which I can utilise for future placements. Ieuan Clay helped me to greatly improve my CV and make it much more professional and this will really help in the future. He is a fantastic mentor!’

  • ‘Thank you for your message. I just wanted to say that I am finding the mentoring scheme to be very helpful and enjoyable. I am learning a lot about options within the sectors I am interested in, and general advice about applications and interview technique. So many thanks for organising this! ‘

  • ‘The Homerton Mentoring Scheme has been an amazing experience so far. The mentor I’ve been allocated is very kind and fully committed to helping me figure out what career I want to pursue. He has also been really responsive to my questions and has been proactive in sending me job opportunities he thinks I might be interested in. We have regular meetings in which we go through some job applications and he gives me advice on how to sharpen my skills. The mentoring scheme is a great way to bridge the gap between academia and employment and it is always lovely to meet a fellow Homertonian.’

  • 'My mentor was a constant source of reassurance and support, helping me with more practical matters such as CVs and using LinkedIn etc. What I found the most useful was his constant reassurance about how to manage setbacks and go about making my voice heard. This was very useful for a recent graduate, especially within the difficult climate we are in at the minute.'

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University of Cambridge

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Tel: +44 1223 747270

changemakers@homerton.cam.ac.uk

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