The world of work! (Blog 2)

Slightly nervous, I headed off to Crew Clothing head office on a rainy December morning. One of the things I wanted to learn on the mentoring scheme was about the different roles within a retail business and which might best suit me. Continue reading

The first meeting of an exciting year ahead (Blog 1)

It was during my medical elective whilst I was working in South Africa that I sent off my application for the ALMP. I hadn’t heard about the ALMP prior to applying for it so I was unsure what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised when I was invited to attend an interview at the university. I felt that the ALMP would be a great opportunity to learn from the experience of previous alumnus and also would be a way of enhancing my career once I graduate from the University.

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Jennifer Omigie – 2nd Year, Chemical Engineering

I have been studying for the past 2 years with no work experience  whatsoever and very little realisation of what was waiting for me outside university. I applied to a number of companies for summer placements but we all know its very competitive you have 1000s of applicants applying for 1 role. After receiving a lot of  the “I am sorry we cant offer you a place” letter I felt very discouraged.

 I received an email informing me of the mentoring scheme, I thought it will be a useful experience to get inside information and advice on what to do when I finish uni because as of that point I was completely clueless about  what I wanted to do.

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Max Cameron Jones – Chemical Engineering, First Year

I have found mentoring a very enjoyable, insightful and exciting experience. Throughout the year I have found the mentoring relationship an enjoyable one. I have looked forward to the arranged calls with my mentor, as I knew I was going to find out more about the oil and gas industry. Overall I am very grateful of all the time and effort my mentor put into the relationship which has made it so successful. I will continue to keep in touch as a contact in the industry.

I was successful in being accepted on to the Scholarship scheme which has since opened many career and networking opportunities.

 

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Ioana Cerasella Chis – Final Year, BA Political Science and Sociology

Ioana Cerasella Chis

Ioana Cerasella Chis

How you have found the relationship with your mentor?

Siobhan has been an amazing mentor – since our first coffee in December, I have felt comfortable to be open with Siobhan about my academic and career plans, and current insecurities. She gladly and actively listened, giving me valuable feedback which not only will be useful in the future, but it has already paid off during the academic year.

We discussed my skills, personal and career development, possibilities for improvement and different scenarios at the workplace.

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Shenaid Tapper, Planning and Economics BSc

When I first read the profile for my mentor I was extremely happy, as I felt he was exactly what I had described in my initial application: he had done an Economics based degree and had worked for the UK government. I was also pleased that he was from a nearby region as I thought we would be able to meet up regularly. However, in our first exchange of emails I discovered he would be working in Pakistan for the remainder of this academic year. Although, I was disappointed, he regularly emailed me with CV advice, details of his career path, and possible work experience I should look for.

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Faye Simpson, BSc Psychology

Faye Simpson

My mentor studied the same course as me just a few years before, and even did some of the same modules, so she had a real understanding of where I was coming from and could tell me what the next steps were to get into the industry. She gave me advice about grad schemes and even suggested routes she thought would suit me. She also gave me some academic advice on the modules we shared, which was extra useful.

I enjoyed hearing what life was like in a graduate job from the perspective of someone similar to my own age. It made the prospect a lot less daunting!

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Rosamund Thomas, 2nd year, Geography student

Rosamund Thomas

As a 2nd year Geography student I’m having to give serious thought to my future after my degree. As my subject doesn’t lend itself to a specific career path, I took an interest in the university’s mentoring scheme as a way of having personal guidance on my future. For me, the scheme was an opportunity to gain a professional prospective and advice in regards to my career.

I was allocated a mentor that was involved in the same sector I was interested in and we were given each others email addresses. This allowed initial introductions to be done electronically, getting to know academic history and what we both wanted out of the scheme, in an unpressurised environment.

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Nina Anckar, Business Management with Year in Industry

Nina Anckar

If you think the transformation from school to university seems like a daunting experience, you might want to prepare for the shock that comes from being a student and suddenly finding yourself stuck with a full-time job.

If you think the transformation from school to university seems like a daunting experience, you might want to prepare for the shock that comes from being a student and suddenly finding yourself stuck with a full-time job.

Applying for a mentor in my 2nd year is something that has helped me with the transformation from university on to full time work at a big corporate, and allowed me to gain some insight in to the working world before starting my placement at Microsoft month back (in July).

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