What’s involved for mentors and how you can get involved…
As mentioned already, Mentors are established professionals in the Infrastructure & Energy Finance and Investment market, and will give 1-2 hours per month, on the telephone, to support their assigned student through whichever aspects of the module they need help with.
One Search handles the CRB-check (criminal record) on each mentor as a matter of assurance for the student and their family, and assigns each student to a mentor. The student and the mentor then make a telephone introduction at a mutually agreed time and set up a monthly progress call on the same basis. One Search is always on hand to coordinate and support both student and mentor if required. We are all also getting CRB checked as well, for which we are covering the cost.
Also, they commit to arranging a half day for the student to come and visit the mentor company and see what happens inside that big glass building. This is arranged in conjunction with the school and via ourselves at One Search. Société Générale already does this, and they have a whole load of fun stuff that they line up for folks to do. They go away with a new perspective on a future career in finance.
Although mentoring is about individuals, obviously we need the buy-in of their employers, because we need the ability to bring the students in for half days (Years 1 & 2) and an internship (Years 3 & 4).
We are hoping this will be so mainstream by the third year of the programme that we will have no problems and will actually be fighting off sponsor firms.
Are you interested in becoming a mentor?
For more information, events or to discuss getting involved, please contact:
+44 (0)20 3907 1450