Mentoring scheme student feedback
In the 2017/18 academic year, we piloted a successful mentoring scheme for black and minority ethnic (BAME) students within the Faculty of Business and Law. Due to the successful pilot of the career-mentoring scheme, we extended the scheme university-wide.
In 2017/2018, 18 students who took part and received fantastic support from mentors working in local businesses. Since then, 49 mentoring partnerships have been successfully set up with the wider Bristol business and professional communities.
The scheme also feeds into UWE Bristol's wider work to improve the graduate outcomes of our BAME students through our Equity Programme, which recently won the Guardian University Award and Bristol Life Award for education.
The help that mentors provide includes:
- CV writing
- interview techniques
- understanding the sector/career path
- mock interviews
- work shadowing.
The scheme continues to have a significant impact on students, with benefits such as:
- career readiness
- resilience and instilled confidence with a view to career planning
- networking and speculatively approaching employers.
The positive feedback from the mentored students highlights how meaningful and important they found mentoring:
- “I have become so much more confident, which will help when I apply for jobs.”
- “We formed a very nice relationship my mentor was able to give me valuable insight to the industry I am looking to get into after graduating.”
- "The scheme gave me the experience I was looking for in a structured way."
- "I matched with a mentor in a sector I was interested in working in, and someone who i meshed well with personally."
The pilot culminated with a celebration event that was attended by mentoring partnerships, senior academic staff and potential employer mentors. Mentors and mentees shared their positive experience of mentoring, both on a personal level and through taking part in the scheme.
In the 2018/19 academic year, the scheme is being offered to BAME students across UWE Bristol campuses.
Student mentoring case study
Yusuf Malik, second year Banking and Finance
Yusuf was on the pilot mentoring scheme from March to June 2018 and his mentor was from Lloyds Banking Group.
What made you apply to the scheme?
"I wanted to specify a field of work that I would like to go into after graduating and this gave me a chance of first-hand experience."
Describe what worked well on the scheme
"I formed a very nice relationship and my mentor was able to give me valuable insight to the industry I am looking to get into after graduating. I felt my mentor gave me a great perspective of the day-to-day running of the job role.
"Being able to see my mentor at Lloyds Head office to gain an insight of life at work in a role I am looking to get into was very useful."
Do you feel the scheme has enhanced your employability skills?
"Having taken part in a mock interview I was able to gain valuable feedback in how I performed and how to improve for later interviews, as well as gaining experience and confidence in increasing my interview success rate in the future.
"I had an excellent mentor, who has motivated me to find a career path which I want to follow after graduating."
What advice would you give to anyone who is considering participating in the scheme next year?
"Don't be shy, connect with your mentor and keep it simple!"