Mentoring scheme success

Posted on Wednesday 6th June 2012
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Civil Engineering alumni mentors L-R Dr Mark Sterling (Head of School, Civil Engineering), Petros Isidorou (URS Infrastructure & Environmental Ltd), Dan Bishop (Atkins), Jon Wiseman (Network Rail/AECOM), Edmund Salt (AECOM)

A pioneering mentoring scheme has been set up in the School of Civil Engineering to help improve students' employability. The scheme, which targets a specific school, is the first of its kind for the University and has welcomed back members of the alumni community to share their advice and expertise with our current students.

In response to an email request sent out to the School's alumni community asking for volunteers to take part in the scheme, a number of high calibre Civil Engineering graduates signed up to inspire the next generation of graduates. Mentors from Civil Engineering companies Atkins and AECOM are onboard alongside an individual from financial institution J P Morgan Chase & Co. and two internationally-based alumni including a project director from Melbourne Airport and the Head of Asia Pacific Operations for RBS.

The School has been delighted with the response from the alumni and with the level of interest from the students. Dr Mark Sterling, Head of Civil Engineering comments: 'The enthusiasm and dedication shown by our mentors has been heart warming and there are already signs of this initiative growing rapidly.'

It is hoped that the students will develop strong relationships with their alumni mentors sharing knowledge, skills, and information as part of the scheme. In particular, the mentors have been asked to help their mentees focus on their time beyond university and advise them to seek out work placements and experience over the coming summer vacation to help them get graduate jobs when they leave.

The School of Chemistry is the next school within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences that is exploring a similar mentoring scheme, pairing their graduates with current students to pass on advice and expertise. If you are a Chemistry graduate from the University and you are interested in mentoring a current Chemistry student, we would love to hear from you.

For more information please contact Vickie Pargetter, College Alumni Relations Manager via v.a.pargetter@bham.ac.uk.