Mentoring for Pandemic Times offers you a chance to talk with an experienced, skilled mentor about careers, job-finding, and direction-setting in the challenging circumstances of Covid-19.
The scheme is for undergraduates and graduate students at Homerton including those who recently graduated (+ 2019). This programme is jointly hosted by Homerton Changemakers and the College's Development Office.
Applications for the next mentoring scheme will open in Michaelmas 2021.
"Homerton Changemakers connected me with a fantastic mentor who has achieved so many of the goals I have set for myself. The interaction I have with my mentor adds massive value for me."
George Gekov, mentee
How it works
Timeline: From July - Nov 2021
Time required: from 3 to 5 hours max, according to your availability. Some people prefer to meet weekly, others fortnightly or even monthly. There is, however, an expectation that you'll have at least 3 meetings totalling at least 3 hours.
- Submit an application form (available in May) including a short paragraph on what you hope to gain from the mentoring process (n.b your application form will be shared with your mentor ahead of your first meeting)
- College staff will ‘match’ you with a mentor and make an email introduction. You can then contact your mentor to arrange a first meeting
Tools for communication: up to you (e.g. Zoom; WhatsApp)
Topics: it's an ‘open conversation’, from career decisions to job-finding to balancing work with the rest of life, whatever you wish. The usual rules of respect, openness, consideration and politeness apply
Confidentiality: discussions are confidential unless the mentor is concerned about the safety of the mentee
Feedback: at the end of the process we will ask all participants to fill in a (very short) questionnaire about their experiences.
"I want to put something back into the College that helped positively shape my career path and choices. I believe the talent of the future has so much to offer and, as mentors, we can help prepare them by focusing on the skills that they will need to adapt to our rapidly changing working environment and also help open some doors that would otherwise be closed to them."
Tarquin Bennett-Coles, George-James Ltd, mentor
Feedback from previous students
‘I would like to thank you for this scheme as while I may have only had one year at Cambridge, I found this opportunity useful. The mentor pairing was great, and I now have contacts which I can utilise for future placements. My mentor helped me to greatly improve my CV and this will really help in the future. He really is a fantastic mentor!’
'I am finding the mentoring scheme to be very helpful and enjoyable. I am learning a lot about options within the sectors I am interested in, and general advice about applications and interview techniques. So many thanks for organising this! ‘
‘The Homerton Mentoring Scheme has been an amazing experience so far. The mentor I’ve been allocated is very kind and fully committed to helping me figure out what career I want to pursue. He has also been really responsive to my questions and has been proactive in sending me job opportunities he thinks I might be interested in. We have regular meetings in which we go through some job applications and he gives me advice on how to sharpen my skills. The mentoring scheme is a great way to bridge the gap between academia and employment and it is always lovely to meet a fellow Homertonian.’
'My mentor was a constant source of reassurance and support, helping me with more practical matters such as CVs and using LinkedIn etc. What I found the most useful was his constant reassurance about how to manage setbacks and go about making my voice heard. This was very useful for a recent graduate, especially within the difficult climate we are in at the minute.'
“Above all, I feel empowered by the opportunity that Changemakers have given me to deeply connect and exchange ideas with like-minded people of all ages and backgrounds - and a powerful reminder that it is up to our generation, each and every one of us, to make this world a better place to live in.”
Changemakers has introduced me to a community of wonderful and inspiring people. Each Changemaker event I have attended has left me feeling energised and excited to tackle the big challenges our world is facing today. Having the right values, tools, attitude and people on my side has emboldened me to champion radical positive change.
"The world has come undone and I would like to change it every day. Change does not come at once, it is a wave, building before it breaks. I support Changemakers because I am part of that wave committed to a present moment rooted in satisfaction for all"
"Homerton Changemakers is a brilliant and necessary invitation for us to raise our game as humans. To explore how to draw new maps for a world with a future.”
"Homerton Changemakers helped me realise how much push for change there currently is - the programme creates a supportive environment to channel it into proper changemaking."