Have you considered becoming a mentor?

Published: Friday 27th October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Today is National Mentoring Day. If you’re thinking about sharing your knowledge and experience with someone, here’s some inspiration.

Mentoring can bring huge benefits to both the mentor and the mentee. For the person passing on their skills, it can be extremely rewarding and gratifying and a way of feeling like you’re giving back to others. Meanwhile, the mentee can access a different type of learning, new resources and contacts that they may otherwise not have if they tried doing it by themselves.

We spoke with Lucy Sykes, KCOM’s Digital Marketing Manager, who is about to start a mentoring role at The Ron Dearing UTC. She shared with us why she eagerly signed up for the opportunity and what it involves.

Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about the mentoring scheme that you’re going to be involved with?

Yes! It’s a really exciting chance for KCOM to be involved with The Ron Dearing UTC. We’re actually a founding partner of the college, which means that we’ve helped develop the current curriculum offered to students there and we’ve also sponsored a classroom.

The Ron Dearing UTC combines core GCSEs and A-levels with a broad range of technical and professional qualifications. Their pupils will have the unique chance to gain crucial skills for the workplace and evolve their employability.

The scheme is about developing these students so that they are ready for work, enabling them to pick up skills that are essential in the modern workplace.

What will your main responsibilities be?

It will be a general guidance role, helping them with their employability, showing them what we do and how we have got here.

It’s about showing them some of the fascinating opportunities that are about to come their way. A lot of kids don’t realise just how far they could go. It’s so nice to be able to help them to understand the wide variety of career paths available after they leave school.

Each mentor is assigned a group of pupils and we’ll have several two-hour sessions spanning across the year. They will get to ask us anything they like and we can chat with them about what it’s like to work, as well as expand key skills that are sought after in all jobs.

It sounds incredible. So, what made you personally sign up to be a mentor?

When I first heard about the job via an email that was sent out to KCOM staff, it really stood out to me. It sounded like something I could help with and I feel that I can definitely add value to some of the kids’ lives.

I have a team at KCOM, and along the way I’ve learned a little bit about coaching and mentoring. I get a lot out of watching people grow, realising their potential and sharing their successes. I’m looking forward to helping these young people through any challenges they may be facing – we all know that life is never plain sailing.

I was also compelled to sign up because, as a woman, I think it’s important for girls to see someone in a similar industry to what they might want to go into.

Wow! We wish you the best of luck and can’t wait to see how you and your group get on.

Thank you, I’m really looking forward to it!

If you think you have something to offer another person in terms of mentorship, there are several opportunities at the University of Hull. Simply get in touch with the University of Hull Careers and Employability Service

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Published: Friday 27th October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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