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What are your expectations for a Mentor?2021-01-20T16:18:40+01:00

To help Mentees to the best of your ability using your professional skill and experience. In terms of time commitment, you can flex your availability and are in complete control by selecting days and times in your calendar. We appreciate most Mentors have full time jobs so if the minimum you can manage is one hour a month then that’s fine. If you can do more, then we are eternally grateful. If you ever need to put your availability on hold for a set period of time you can also do that. For further information please view our Code of Conduct.

Who is behind Graduate Mentor?2021-02-03T13:29:40+01:00

The graduate mentor platform is the CSR project for Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB) – the leading graduate recruitment consultancy in the UK since 1997. We have two members of staff working part-time on the project, recruiting Mentors, driving students and graduates to the platform, building and managing the website plus all the administration in-between. We don’t wish to charge Mentors or Mentees to use the site as we’d like this to remain available to all and grow organically with external funding. We aim to cover our costs by attracting organisations to our partner programme.

Do I have to give anything to join?2021-01-20T13:23:47+01:00

No. The platform is entirely free to use including the first one hour mentoring sessions. After this first session some professional coaches and mentors may offer their paid for services.

Why was Graduate Mentor created?2021-03-02T12:39:06+01:00

GRB have been incubating this this idea since 2016. The recent pandemic and recession made us bring the project to reality to reach more and more graduates who are struggling to find work in these extremely challenging times. Graduate Mentor is one part of a wider campaign to mitigate the pandemic entitled #helpthecovidgeneration which was launched on 11th August 2020.

What happens once I’ve requested a meeting with a Mentor?2021-01-20T17:04:31+01:00

As a Mentee, once you have chosen your Mentor and filled in the short form requesting an appointment, they will receive an alert and then reply to confirm with further details.

Who are these Mentors and why do they want to help me?2021-03-02T12:41:55+01:00

We have personally invited mentors from a range of backgrounds, sectors and experience to give you – the graduate – the best choice possible. With a growing portfolio of mentors kindly volunteering from leading employers such as Mastercard, Facebook, Reckitt Benckiser, The Ordnance Survey, Nottingham University and the British Army, graduate mentor is becoming the go-to platform for many business professionals looking to expand their CSR with a diverse graduate community. All our mentors have agreed to our Code of Conduct so they are 100% committed to helping you and they share our mission to help the next generation of graduates reach their career potential with expert support from inspiring mentors.

I’ve had lots of bookings with Mentees. Can I follow up with them beyond the first hour?2021-01-20T13:01:46+01:00

Yes of course if you are happy to spend more time with a Mentee then by all means that’s wonderful! Please refer to our Welcome Guide for information on manging your bookings.

I haven’t had any bookings with Mentees yet. Am I doing something wrong?2021-03-02T12:58:05+01:00

Mentees will make a booking by searching by industry and then viewing your profile. We understand not every Mentor may be selected. It’s nothing personal! There are a few reasons why this may be happening. Firstly, we have over 100 Mentors with such brilliant offerings that Mentees may be overwhelmed with the choice. Secondly, there is a seasonal aspect to graduate recruitment so some months many be more active than others. Thirdly, some industries have more Mentors than others so we are trying to balance this out so the odds increase for your selection with a more even spread. Finally, some industries may be more popular than others which may change with your involvement!

I’ve had a few no-shows2021-01-21T09:09:45+01:00

Yes, this is an unfortunate and frustrating part of the process that is very hard to control unfortunately. This applies to both sides. If you can keep communication flowing that will minimise no-shows. That last thing we want is anyone feeling disappointed. There will be instances where both Mentees and Mentors let each other down but we do ask Mentees and Mentors to read and agree to our Code of Conduct. We also monitor no-shows and if there are serial offenders then we will intervene.

How are you promoting Graduate Mentor to graduates?2021-03-02T12:53:32+01:00

We drive students and graduates to the platform in five ways. Firstly, the platform is optimised so when students and graduates use certain search terms Google ranks us highly. Secondly, we target students and graduates by University and degree course from the GRB talent pool and send emails to them on a regular basis. Thirdly, we also approach our clients offering their new graduate hires access to the platform to accelerate their performance so this should bring more industry-focussed people to your profile. Fourthly, we have the support of several Universities who are kindly promoting the platform through various channels. Finally, we also encourage Mentors to bring awareness to their profile on the platform through their own social media channels.

Do you get feedback from Mentees after sessions?2021-01-20T13:17:31+01:00

Yes, we collect all feedback but don’t distribute it yet. We will soon be able to forward feedback once our developers reach this on their list!

How are you planning to scale this scheme and could it include school leavers?2021-03-02T13:05:44+01:00

We don’t think it’s fair to raise hopes for young people and not sustain the platform for future generations. We therefore plan to continue investing our own resources in the platform and hopefully attract financial support through our partner programme. Graduate Mentor certainly has the capability of being used by a wider audience such as school leavers and it is certainly something we could provide in the future. With further investment this will contribute to our ongoing costs and help us invest in our future growth plans.

Can you circulate your updates on the scheme with a newsletter?2021-01-20T14:28:59+01:00

That’s a great idea but we don’t want to add to the many emails you already receive so for better impact and engagement we will trial putting regular updates on the Graduate Mentor LinkedIn Group. This will also enable members to comment and share anything they choose plus give you an opportunity to connect with other mentors!

How can I prepare for a Mentee session beforehand?2021-01-20T14:29:33+01:00

Each Mentee should complete a short form explaining what they want from the session. You can accept or reject a session request on this basis. To give you an idea, sessions have ranged from simply brainstorming career choices, industry advice, a CV or cover letter review, preparation for an interview or upcoming AC or something more career-related.

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