Just like that it’s 2020 and nearly 10 years have passed since we set up the Mentoring Programme at Warwick Business School. In that time we have seen the exponential rise of mobile computing and the “shrinking” of our physical world through the growth of air travel and digital communication. Meanwhile, social media has come of age, changing the way we communicate, learn, and get our news.
Through this period of technological change, the WBS Mentoring Programme has gone from strength to strength, showing that we still need the support and help of real people and interactions to achieve our potential.
The Mentoring Programme is a two year programme, offering WBS students and alumni access to a completely unbiased, confidential mentor who is not from their family, place of work or place of study. Mentors help to provide the motivation, confidence, and support to help mentees make the own decisions about their future steps with discussions ranging from career planning, goal setting and soft skills to changing job functions. In 2019 the programme was awarded Investors in People accreditation for the second time. To date, we have supported over 950 mentees, mentored by 240 volunteer alumni, and 2020 will see us grow yet again.
The next induction day for new mentees will be on Monday 15 June 2020 at The Shard, followed by an evening event to launch our 10th Anniversary Year celebrations.
If you’ve been part of the Mentoring Programme, either as mentee or mentor, we would love to celebrate with you. We are planning a number of events during the year to celebrate the achievements of the scheme and the people who have made it such a success. Watch this space for news of these events and we hope you will be able to join us.
Meanwhile, we would really love to hear from you about your mentoring success stories. Did you get that promotion; how did the mentoring help you through a tough period; what about that career change you had always dreamed of; what impact has the scheme had on you? Please drop an email with a brief outline to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.