End of Professional Mentoring Scheme Celebration Event

On 25 April 2012, Aston Business School hosted the End of Scheme Celebration Event for the Professional Mentoring Scheme 2011/2012, an event celebrating the success of the scheme whilst thanking its contributors, both Mentors and Mentees.

The scheme has grown since it was first introduced in 2010; this year’s scheme had just under a hundred of these relationships.

About the event

The Event kicked off with a small meet and greet in the Aston Business School lounge bar, giving all the mentors and mentees a chance to share their experiences, and discuss their thoughts on the scheme.

Professor Helen Higson, the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, then started off the dinner, giving a speech to all the attendees, thanking them all for their contribution. She highlighted the huge benefits of the scheme and how it has developed since it was first introduced in 2010. She praised the scheme for ‘giving the mentees invaluable exposure to successful business men and women from a variety of sectors.’

The Event was a big success with a large number of the mentors and mentees attending. There was an award ceremony for and Most Supportive Mentor (winner: Karen Collier from Marks and Spencer) and Most Progressed Mentee (winner: Thomas Oakley, BSc Marketing student). Mentors and mentees had the opportunity to nominate their respective counter-part if they felt they had performed particularly exemplary. Many of mentors and mentees nominated their counterpart, highlighting the fantastic relationships that have developed due to the scheme.

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The Event gave mentees and mentors another chance to thank each other for their contributions and also to thank all the people who have worked hard at Aston Business School, helping to make the scheme the success that it is.

Hayley Crawford, mentor from Bristan Group said,

“I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Aston Professional Mentoring Scheme. I feel I have really made a difference to my mentee by providing guidance to help her find her placement, which she starts in July. I would definitely be interested in supporting Aston University next year.”

Petar Lafchiev, mentee studying BSc Economics and Management student said,

“I received a lot of beneficial feedback, regarding interviews, applications and my CV. I recommend this scheme for everyone next year.”

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