Ella Ferguson, BSc Business Management
I was after some basic tips and information on the HR sector, including different career paths and the best route to go down. However, I ended up gaining so much more – such as improving my weaker skills.
I'm now able to work on my weaker areas and be the candidate that stands out from the crowd! I've also developed interview techniques with my mentor, which has been really useful as I've recently been taking part in some job interviews and now feel much more confident when answering questions.
Although mentoring is a formal programme, I've had a lot of fun. I feel that I am above my competitors now when I go for a job interview, as I know so much on my favourite subject area and I am much more aware of my strengths and weaknesses.
Mentoring doesn't take up a lot of your time. My mentor and I spent an hour on the phone every few weeks. Regularly stay in contact with your mentor – they like to know what your plans are meeting-wise. Even if you are unsure, it's best to at least email them to let them know. And be honest: if something isn't working for you, let your mentor know.
I would definitely recommend other students participate in the Mentoring Programme. It's free, and it's a great way to meet business people. It can also help with networking and getting great work experience.
And it's never too early to start thinking about your future work prospects. The more things you do at uni, the better and the more experience you will gain. You will also meet people and enhance your CV, so why not?
My mentee experience was very beneficial, and great for self-awareness, which is a key factor employers look for. It has been a great, free, fun way of learning!