At present the OW Society is building a network of OWs who are willing to provide 1:1 advice and networking opportunities to current pupils.
The mentoring scheme is being ‘awarded’ to Upper School pupils who can prove a real desire to use this mentoring scheme in an effective manner and be ambassadors of College. Pupils are chosen and then matched by Chris Ewart, Master i/c Careers at Wellington. The Mentors will be gathered by Chris Potter and Victoria Naylor-Leyland (nee Howard-Jones).
We are always on the look out for OWs who are willing to share their experiences of professional life and mentor a present pupil to help them reach their highest potential.
OW Mentoring has been designed to help present students learn more about the working world. Our programme provides a great deal of independence for mentors, who arrange and expedite their own mentoring sessions.
Our primary means of “educating” mentors is this guide. Ultimately both you and the Mentee will establish what works best for your relationship (keeping in mind that you will both be learning as you go!).
What is expected of an OW 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.
How often will I be contacted?
Over the course of the next 9 months we would expect you and your Mentee to communicate as follows:
– Face to face – to meet one or twice but no more during the 9 months at convenient times e.g. half term, school holidays
– Email/telephone – do talk to your Mentee about how often you would like to communicate. Our recommendation would be 3 or 4 times during the 9 months – the first time as an initial introduction call/email; the second before your face-face meeting so both you and your Menteee can plan for the meeting; the third a few months or so after the meeting to see how they are getting along.
Additionally, please note a member of Wellington staff will also contact you at least twice a year, perhaps more often if we have a special request.
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.
If a query falls beyond your area of expertise, please refer the individual to OW Careers staff, who are listed below.
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/
– 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 e-mail which is unusually personal or seems inappropriate in content. Please do not feel obligated to reply. Simply contact Chris Ewart on firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Potter on email@example.com.
Again, if you have any questions/concerns/suggestions about the OW Mentoring guide/programme, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Ewart or Chris Potter.