Mentoring for Pandemic Times 2021
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 circumstances of Covid-19.
The scheme is for undergraduates (from second year onwards) and graduate students at Homerton including those who recently graduated from 2020.
Applications for the second cohort will open in May 2021
HOW IT WORKS:
Timeline: From July - Nov 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 that you'll have at least 3 meetings totalling at least 3 hours.
- Submit an application form (available in May) including a short paragraph on what you hope to gain from the mentoring process (n.b your application form will be shared with your mentor ahead of your first meeting)
- College staff will ‘match’ you with a mentor and make an email introduction. You can then contact your mentor to arrange a first meeting
Tools for communication: up to you (e.g. Zoom; WhatsApp)
Topics: it's 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
Feedback: at the end of the process we will ask all participants to fill in a (very short) questionnaire about their experiences.
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.'