MBF visit Lancaster University’s career mentoring programme18 July 2012
MBF was invited to join around 40 mentors and mentees for a celebration event at the end of Lancaster University’s 2011/12 career mentoring programme. This initiative aims to match experienced professionals from a wide range of careers and organisations with Lancaster students from all disciplines, to help improve their future employability.
The mentors, many of them alumni of the university, support students by providing them with an insight into a specific job, industry or sector, by offering advice on CVs, applications and interviews, and by developing employability skills such as presentations, networking and commercial awareness.
As guest speaker, MBF consultant John Nicholls presented on how volunteer mentoring skills can be “re-invested” by organisations back into the workplace and the growing evidence that these skills are highly valued by employers. He also highlighted the great potential for employers to take up opportunities for wider community involvement through volunteer mentoring projects. Lancaster University and MBF now look forward to developing a partnership which can promote business and community mentoring initiatives.