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Mentoring with the SMF – can you help spread the word?

One of the four pillars of the Aspiring Professionals Programme is the sustained support young people receive from a mentor. Each student is matched to a professional who works in the sector or job that their mentee aspires to enter.

The conversations between young people and their mentors are often the first opportunity they will have to speak to a professional who has achieved what they too want to achieve.

”The mentor-mentee approach really introduces you to the world of work in a way that is exciting, and it is really empowering knowing that there are careers suitable for every individual.”

Mentoring support helps students to develop in a number of key areas, from increasing their sector knowledge and the current hot-topics in their field, to exploring entry routes, and creating a competitive UCAS personal statement. One of the crucial areas mentors help their mentees is in developing the confidence and professional skills employers look for in their recruits.

On his first year of mentoring with the SMF, Gareth said:

“It’s been a very rewarding experience to act as mentor to two aspiring Year 12 students and only takes an email every week or so to keep in touch. One had a clear ambition to become a marine biologist and I helped her assess different courses on offer so she feels she is making the best decision in where to study. And a second wanted to work in a clinical laboratory setting but didn’t release the wide range of courses that she could consider which play to her strengths. Both have grown in confidence over the last few months and I am sure will have a flying start when they go to university later this year.”

Mentors communicate with their mentee approximately once each fortnight via our secure e-mentoring platform. The predominantly e-mail based mentoring relationship provides mentors with the flexibility to fit mentoring around their own schedule.

This year, we are particularly looking for mentors to support SMF students in our Medicine and Biology & Chemistry sectors, having seen a fantastic increase in the number of students who would like to pursue a career in these professions. If you or anyone in your network studied or works in these areas, we would be delighted to hear from you!

You can find out more about mentoring with the SMF here, and hear from some of our mentoring pairs here. If you are interested in supporting an SMF student this year, you can sign-up by completing this short form.


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