Mentors and students who had taken part in this year's IoD Student Mentoring Scheme got together on 23 May to celebrate success.
At the end of every year scheme participants attend a celebration event acknowledging their achievements and contributions as part of the programme. This year the event was held at East End Foods, where mentor Jason Wouhra is a Director. Twenty-four students attended (there were 38 students on the mentoring programme altogether) along with 24 mentors (we used about 35 mentors this year).
Mentors and mentees were formally presented with certificates. Mentors were also given gifts as a mark of appreciation, including a beautiful paperweight made by one of our Art & Design students. In a fitting finale, participants enjoyed food specially prepared for the occasion using spices from the East End Food factory.
Jenni Jones, Senior Lecturer said: "The IoD Student Mentoring Scheme is a great opportunity for our students to meet with experienced Directors, CEO’s and Entrepreneurs who are running their own businesses and/or working in organisations in the local area. The experience is proving very valuable to our students.
"They are learning so much about the real world of work, about themselves and about their impact on others. It is having a huge impact on their self-confidence too; helping them realise what their strengths are and how to make the most of these.
"The scheme has been running for five years now and we are proud to say has supported over 140 business students. In fact one of our students/mentees this year achieved 11 job offers as a result of her mentor working with her on her CV, application forms and interviews skills. It’s amazing what meeting with a mentor, for just one hour a month, can do!"