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We offer a unique, postgraduate peer mentoring programme to our postgraduate students, incubation companies and alumni. The scheme helps participants learn key mentorship skills by mentoring undergraduates - a vital factor for future leadership and management roles.
How would being a mentor help me?
Our postgraduate mentors listed the following skills that they developed from mentoring at Ravensbourne:
Research has shown that mentors also benefit in the following ways:
Our mentors also told us the it helped them feel more connected with other students and the university.
The benefits of peer mentoring are well-researched and documented and include:
If you would like to know about the scheme and the benefits of having a mentor, please email Alberto Villanueva on [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7519 673121.
Mentoring is a relationship which enables and aims to encourage learning and provides a framework within which individuals can promote career and personal development.
The role of the mentor is to provide support, advice and feedback and to share knowledge and experience. The mentor should be a confidante, with the mentoring relationship providing a space to explore issues and talk about concerns in a safe and confidential environment.
Having a mentor gives you an opportunity to talk through any aspect of your degree and career which you would like to improve upon and draw on their experience to help you solve problems and plan your own development.
It should help you to clarify your goals and will give you an opportunity to try out new ideas. The role of the mentor is to give honest feedback which will help you to have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.
Anything that concerns you about your degree or your career development. Your relationship with your mentor is confidential - if they think that they need help in helping you, then they will ask your permission before they talk about your issues to someone else.
Your mentor should encourage, challenge, nurture and teach in response to your needs. However, do bear in mind that your mentor is not a therapist. We will expect you both to set parameters at the start of your relationship about what are, and what are not, suitable topics for discussion.
We would expect you and mentor to meet up once a month, for around six months. You can meet face to face, Skype or over the phone, but we recommend that your first meeting at least is face to face.
How long you meet for is up to the two of you. When you meet for the first time we’d expect you to set some guidelines about when, where, how often and for how long you might meet.
Then let us know. It is important that both you and your mentor feel comfortable with the relationship. If you don’t, then it is not going to help either of you. We’ll look at why that relationship didn’t work and then try to match you with someone who will be more suited to you.
Improved self-confidence clarification of own career goals chance to try out ideas in safe environment will receive honest feedback improved morale and motivation better understanding of own strengths and weaknesses.
Natasha Maw is a mentoring consultant, trainer and coach. She is co-founder of the training partnership Quattrain where she has run three mentoring schemes for the BBC, one of which was part of the BBC Director General’s strategy to promote more female presenters on radio. Last year, she ran the successful peer mentoring scheme at Ravensbourne. She is currently working on women’s development programmes with Imperial College, UCL and the Future Leaders Trust.
Previously, she ran a commercial radio station, established her own production company and worked for ten years as a producer in BBC factual programming and then for five years in leadership training and coaching at the BBC.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please complete the online application form, or if you would like to know about the scheme and the benefits of mentoring, please email Alberto Villanueva on [email protected].
Are you new to Ravensbourne and finding it hard to acclimatise? Or, could you just do with a friendly and constructive chat with someone who has been there and done it? Let us find you a mentor to offer a helping hand.
The Postgraduate Peer Mentoring programme offers you one-on-one support with a trained Ravensbourne postgraduate mentor.
We will select a mentor who best fits your particular needs and will offer you up to six mentoring sessions.
If you would like to know about the scheme and the benefits of having a mentor, please email Alberto Villanueva on [email protected]
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