The THRIVE Mentoring Scheme
THRIVE is an extracurricular programme which gives you the opportunity to develop a professional mentoring partnership with a second-year undergraduate student, or with one of our postgraduates. Those who volunteer their time may have graduated from the University of Reading, or another university, and are interested in the development of our students.
The scheme operates throughout each academic year, with partnerships typically lasting for a few hours per month for a 4 – 6 month period, with some partnerships running for 8 months. Training is given to mentors and mentees prior to partnerships starting and partnerships are mentee led.
THRIVE Programme timeline
Professionals can apply to become a mentor in June
Students can self-select their chosen mentor from August/September
Matches are then confirmed (ongoing throughout programme)
Mentor and mentee training then takes place prior to partnerships beginning (ongoing)
Mentoring partnerships then begin (ongoing)
Mentoring partnerships then end officially at the end of July 2022 (partnerships can continue outside of the programme if mentor and mentee wish to do this).
Mentors can then complete the mentor evaluation survey to share their experience of the programme and any feedback (completed when partnerships finish).
Benefits to mentors
Mentoring a student can have many benefits such as:
- Positively influencing the next generation in the international job market
- Strengthening your listening and communication skills
- Reinforcing your own knowledge and enthusiasm for your industry
- Give back to the University of Reading
Benefits to students
When taking part in THRIVE, our students may be looking to create and clarify their career goals or explore them in more depth through exposure to the workplace. The support offered by a mentor can make a significant difference to the success of their transition into graduate roles, boost their motivation and build resilience whilst making challenging decisions.