Career Ready Icebreaker Event Launches Mentor Scheme
CONEL Mentees meet their Business and Travel & Tourism Mentors
CONEL hosted a Career Ready Icebreaker event last month (Monday, 18 January 2016) at the Enfield Centre where Business mentors met their mentees for the first time.
Business and Travel & Tourism students at CONEL have the fantastic opportunity to have an industry specific mentor to offer support, advice and guidance. The mentor scheme is run in partnership with Career Ready, a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. The scheme runs for 12 months where mentors support their candidates via meetings, Skype, email and phone calls.
Jacqueline Mitchell, Head of School for Business, Leisure and Tourism says: “The Career Ready Icebreaker event is a very important start on the programme. We highly value the opportunity for our learners to be mentored by business professionals throughout the first year of their course. The mentors are role models who not only share knowledge and advice but also enable our learners to develop high aspirations and plan for the next stage in their lives”.
The mentors are a crucial element of the students’ journeys from education to the workplace, helping them to develop their understanding of the skills and attitudes needed for the world of work. It enables students to gain the professional skills required to gain employment as they benefit from the mentors’ wealth of experience and expertise.
Lucy Timms, a mentor from Lloyds Bank states: “This was a great event, and I am really looking forward to mentoring my student, who is clearly incredibly bright and keen to make the very most of the opportunity.”
A former mentee, Roberto Santiago who had a mentor from STA Travel’s Marketing department has always wanted a job in the travel industry. The opportunity to have an industry mentor gave him an excellent insight into how a Marketing department functions.
Roberto who is due to finish his Travel and Tourism course this year offers advice to students: “Have a passion for your work and if you want to progress keep looking and setting yourself goals. Try everything out and see what’s best for you”.
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- Last Updated: 11 August 2016