Students who take part in the scheme are 9.5% more likely to be in a graduate level job or further study than the average Exeter student

Meet your Mentor event a huge success

More than 100 mentors and mentees packed Devonshire House’s Terrace restaurant to kick-off the start of this academic year’s first Career Mentoring Scheme.

The scheme brings bright, enthusiastic students together with experienced professionals (alumni and other friends of the University) who volunteer to support students by providing invaluable insight and advice into their career for up to 6 months.

The Meet your Mentor Event brought matched Mentees and Mentors together on the Streatham Campus, and gave them the opportunity to get to know each other and set goals for the next six months. The event was a great success with 51 Mentors travelling from all over the UK in order to network with other Mentors and meet their Mentees. The success of the event sets the foundations for a successful 6 month period for both Mentors and students.

Alumni mentor Holly Keatings, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Headway Devon, felt the event helped to get her mentoring partnership off to the best possible start; “A great event – I really valued the chance to meet my mentee and appreciated the facilitation provided. It really helped to get the relationship going and make the process seem less daunting”.

Last academic year, the scheme facilitated 228 mentoring partnerships. Alumni made up 75% of these mentors and we are enormously grateful for their time and expertise. Mentoring has a really positive impact on the confidence and career prospects of our students. Recent research by the team who run the scheme revealed that students who take part in the scheme are 9.5% more likely to be in a graduate level job or further study than the average Exeter student.

The next 6-month scheme is open for applications from Monday 26 January 2015. If you might be interested in joining the scheme or would simply like to find out more, please visit the Career Mentor Scheme Website.

Date: 16 January 2015

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