The Wellington Community has built has built a network of OWs and parents through the Wellington Connect platform who are willing to provide 1:1 advice and networking opportunities to current pupils.
We are always on the look out for OWs and parents who are willing to share their experiences of professional life and mentor a present pupil to help them reach their highest potential.
What is expected of a mentor?
– Your only motive as a Mentor should be to be helpful and encouraging and to share your knowledge, your experience and skills.
– We ask that you be open and honest with those who contact you about your working life and how you have achieved the success you are experiencing.
– Mentees and Mentors participating in the Programme will be expected to behave professionally at all times.
– Always check with the Mentee that they have understood your thoughts and advice and taken it in the way you intended.
– Don’t judge or be judgemental.
– Don’t overload the other Mentee by giving them too much information.
What kinds of questions can I anticipate receiving?
You can expect a range of questions, usually focused on your career:
– Questions may concern education or training you received in preparation for work, job searching techniques you recommend, how you went about getting the career you wanted, details on your workplace duties.
Advice may be asked on the following:
– Work experience/Internship Applications/CVs.
– Linked-in profile.
– What to do and what not to do when networking.
– What to do and what not to do in interviews.
Is there a format I should follow when Mentoring?
(Please note that these comments are suggestions, not firm rules)
– Share your experiences on deciding on a career and securing the “right” job, including the length of your job search and what other jobs you held during this time.
– Stress the importance of getting to know about all the different jobs available in that sector, whether through work experience or internships – discuss ideas for work experience/other careers to look at as well.
– Provide any suggestions you may have for researching, identifying suitable companies.
– Discuss how to keep skills current, whether through University choices or work experience/internship programs – perhaps discussing with them their University subject and module choice.
– Share any other resources with which you might be familiar.
What if a Mentee asks an inappropriate question?
On rare occasions, mentors may receive an email which is unusually personal or seems inappropriate in content. Please do not feel obligated to reply. Simply contact the Community Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, if you have any questions/concerns/suggestions about the Mentoring guide/programme, please do not hesitate to contact the Community Team: email@example.com