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Guiding our undergraduates to professional success

It has been a whirlwind of activity so far this year for our undergraduates. As we come to the mid-way point of the busy summer period, they are certainly dispelling any myths about work-shy students. With 12 events already under our belts, we have another 20 planned before the year is out. These cover everything from CV workshops and mock interviews, to assessment centre practise and career insight. We have partnered with organisations including EDF Energy, Barclays, GSK, and the Civil Service to deliver these events. So far, we have secured internships for 60 students, giving them that all-important work experience to add to their CVs. All of this support is designed with the aim of helping our students develop the skills they need to get the internships and jobs they want.

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Students network at Alexander Mann Solutions. Photo: Olivia Carty, Alexander Mann Solutions

The latest string to our bow is our freshly-launched mentoring programme for undergraduates. This programme builds on a successful 2015 pilot and matches students with a professional mentor working in the career they’re most interested in. Our pool of inspiring volunteers come from J.P. Morgan, Alexander Mann Solutions, Newton Europe, amongst others, and they provide their mentees with guidance and support as they navigate the complicated world of recruitment.

Last year, we provided 65 of our undergraduates with a mentor, and this year we have increased this by 40% to match 112 mentoring pairs. We know from our pilot that these relationships have a tangible influence on the students’ success – 82% of 2015 mentees rated the programme as good or excellent, and students secured internship and graduate roles at the likes of HSBC and Jaguar Land Rover with their mentor’s help. In the words of one our 2015 mentees:

“My mentor has been absolutely incredible, and was so keen to support me in every single one of my assessment centres I was invited to. She took time out to do research for me, give me personal advice and invaluable insight, and let me practice components of the assessment centre with her. She also gave me thorough, helpful information on her job role.  I have gained a greater insight into [my sector], extremely valuable application advice, and an internship and potentially a graduate job – with my mentor as my sounding board!”

 

 

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