Plymouth Marjon University’s Futures Team have created the new Alumni Career Mentor Programme.
The scheme is an opportunity for Marjon Alumnus, with at least two years post-graduation experience, to become active volunteers, supporting current students and recent graduates explore their career aspirations and navigate the recruitment process. Volunteers will meet with their mentee for 60-90 minutes, eight times a year to support current and recent graduates with their personal and professional development.
In addition to giving back to the Marjon community, volunteer mentors will be able to add mentoring to their CV and LinkedIn profile; demonstrating their own leadership and coaching skills. Mentors will be able to access online resources to develop their mentoring skills, whilst honing their own communication, problem solving and networking skills, to support their career development. Additionally, they will be making a real difference to a student, or recent graduate, planning and navigating their career journey.
Futures is Marjon’s Career and Employability team, which offer services including professional information and guidance on career development learning, employability skills and enterprise. Marjon students and alumni can access the service indefinitely for assistance whilst planning job searches, polishing interview techniques, applying for a promotion and more.
Futures Careers and Employability Coach, Philippa Elford, said: ‘Marjon alumni have a wealth of highly beneficial experience and knowledge to share with current students and recent graduates.
‘We know sharing career journeys; sector specialist knowledge, and hints and tips to navigate the recruitment and selection process has a positive impact on graduate outcomes whilst supporting mentors to develop sought-after leadership and coaching skills.
There are opportunities for alumni to get involved with other career and employability activities too. Examples include: talks on the industry or sector in which you work; workshops on a specific skill; your experience of what works well in the recruitment process – what you like to see in an application form or hear at interview.
To express interest in becoming a Marjon Alumni Career Mentor please complete this short form and a member of the Futures Team will get back to you.
Find out more about the opportunities and services the Futures Team provide here