Thrive career mentoring
During Thrive, a twelve-month partnership is established between a professional and an undergraduate in their penultimate year of study. Students, at this time, are typically seeking to clarify their career goals or to explore them in more depth through exposure to the workplace. This might be through contact with professionals, work experience or placements. The support offered by a mentor over this period could make a significant difference to the success of their transition into graduate roles and boost their motivation and resilience in what is often a very challenging time.
Becoming a Thrive mentor
Becoming a mentor is simple. You will need to fill out a sign-up form before September and complete our mentor training either online or in a face to face group session. Following this you will be matched with a student and should be available for an hour or two per month to work with them as a career mentor. Where possible, mentors and mentees are asked to meet face to face twice early on in the programme to help develop their relationship (this can be via Skype rather than in person). The mentoring year runs from September and can last up to 12 months, depending on the student's needs. We also have a postgraduate-taught scheme opening this year; contact the team to find out more. Please note that we cannot guarantee all mentors will be matched immediately. Should you remain un-matched the team will suggest alternative volunteering opportunities in the interim.
To become a mentor we ask that you:
- Are ideally University of Reading alumni who are either employed or in active retirement
- Hold at least two or three years post-study/university experience
- Are student focused with strong listening, questioning, empathy and motivational skills
- Are willing and able to commit one hour per month to assigned mentees.
Why should I become a mentor?
In good mentoring relationships both parties will develop both professionally and personally.
- Gain knowledge about university students and how your organisation can attract them
- Address any misconceptions about your occupation or organisation with students
- Fine tune your empathy, rapport building, and questioning, listening, motivating and facilitating skills and patience
- Be challenged yourself and gain an alternative perspective on your work
- Gain a great sense of satisfaction from helping someone get established in their career
- Take the opportunity to give something back to your University and department.
Becoming a mentor also means that you will receive exclusive invitations University events which are specifically for our alumni and graduate employers. There are plenty of opportunities for you to network with like-minded professionals throughout the year as well as chances to take part in further skills training to enhance your mentoring abilities.
We are now looking for mentors to get involved for our 2017 cohort. If you would like to become a mentor in next year's intake, please complete the full sign up form and tell us a little about yourself.
If you have any questions or if you would like any further information, please email the Thrive career mentoring team.
If you would like to hear about more volunteering opportunities then you can register your interest on the volunteering form.