Over 100 business executives have signed up to be mentors for second year undergraduates this year on the Professional Mentoring Scheme.
Introduced in 2010 the University wide scheme ran by Aston Business School (ABS), matches second year undergraduate students to business professionals, allowing students to gain an insight into professional life, while helping them make career decisions.
Aston students, interact with their mentors one hour per month via face-to-face, telephone, email, Skype or other social media channels from November to May. Students receive guidance on finding placements and feedback regarding interviews, applications and their CV.
Following a successful previous year, the scheme has continued to receive major support. This year the scheme has received huge interest from students and over a hundred of these relationships.
Businesses such as BMW, Barclays, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, Deutsche Bank, DHL, KPMG, Marks and Spencer, McCann Erickson, Mitchells & Butlers plc, Lloyds Banking Group, TUI Travel plc and Unilever and Employees from various SMEs are also involved. HR Director of Cosworth, Rebecca Wassell said; “I am really pleased to be part of the Aston Business School Mentorship programme for the second year. The Students are highly motivated, self-starters with plenty of energy and enthusiasm to learn. It is easy to see their potential and impossible not to be excited about the quality of business graduates coming through the school. I suspect I speak for many of the mentors when I say that many a long term working relationship will be borne from this programme.”
Professor Helen Higson, Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aston University; “This programme is one of our well established mentoring schemes here at Aston, providing students a chance to put theory into practice, but also the opportunity to improve their personal skills. Aston University would like to thank all of the mentors and their organisations for their continued interest and support they have shown towards both the scheme and our students. ”
Nigel Driffield, Executive Dean of Aston Business School added; “The scheme has provided many opportunities for students to connect with alumni and other members of the business community. This has proved to be beneficial to students in academic performance as well as personal development, enabling them to get the most out of degree. We hope that the scheme will continue in its success and continue to be a valuable asset to our community and our students”.
For further information on Aston University Professional Mentoring Scheme, please contact Nathalie Lam on firstname.lastname@example.org