CUEA have identified that a mentoring scheme could provide CUED students a fast start in the engineering profession by connecting them with like-minded mentors who can coach them in what to expect of and how to navigate real-world engineering, how to apply for jobs, how to plan for a career or how to develop useful extra-curricular skills. The scheme will complement the academic excellence of CUED and should be mutually beneficial and rewarding for mentee and mentor alike.
On March 8th, 2019 we launched our Mentoring Pilot Scheme in conjunction with CUES (Cambridge University Engineers’ Society). The launch event was hosted at CUED and prospective mentees were presented with the benefits that mentoring could bring to their personal development and employability. The scheme was well received and resulted in 60 prospective mentees who wish to participate.
Throughout March and April, we received an enthusiastic response to our request for mentors, with 93 applications in total. This very fortunately meant we had a greater number of mentor volunteers than we do prospective mentees, which allowed for a more personalised matchmaking during the months of May and June.
With matchmaking complete, the Mentoring Scheme is now well underway, with most mentors and mentees having established initial contact. These interactions will be closely followed over the course of the scheme to ensure there is enough evidence to review the pilot’s success in anticipation of rolling out a larger scale scheme next year.
We wish to build a successful and robust scheme and so all input is useful. If you wish to provide feedback or suggestions, we would be grateful if you could use our online feedback form.
If you wish to participate as a mentor in next year's scheme, please sign up as a member if you haven't already, and we will contact you once the new recruiting round begins!
If you are interested in helping develop this system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.