Employability Mentoring: October News

Since our last newsletter in July we have been busy with a range of activity.

In August we said thank you and goodbye to Jayson Patel who has been working developing new material and training for the project in his eight month internship; sincere thanks go to Jayson for all his efforts working with us. One of Jayson’s core tasks was to develop mentor training as a pilot which we ran with the support of a handful of mentors. The training was well received and will now be developed for future mentors to take part, as well as online based training.


 Bijna Dasani, the professional mentor:

September saw the start of a special project which has been developed in partnership with the Leicester Business School and  a notable alumni, Bijna Dasani, VP at Deutsche Bank. Bijna has returned to offer her own time in mentoring students and graduates from DMU. In partnership with Dr Hulya Oztel this pilot mentoring scheme aims to develop mentoring at DMU, and has been filmed in order to promote our joint partnership.

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Pursuing a quality mark:

The past few months have seen significant progress in working towards our project quality mark. Keen observers amongst you will have noticed new documents being sent out and new processes highlighted. We have been reviewing and redressing areas of the project to ensure that we can offer you a quality experience in your mentoring. Our guidance comes from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation who are widely regarding as the countries leading authority on mentoring. We aim to have achieved this prestigious quality assurance award for our project by November. Many of you have already been actively involved in the refining of project information and developing new ways of working. This has been a real team effort. We are excited to see the results of assessment at the end of October.
Thanks to all who have helped so far!

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Meet the mentor:

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Name: Olga Biegus
Role: Project Manager – Connecting Classrooms
Employer: British Council
Industry: International/European education and development

What are you involved in as a mentor?
I support graduates interested in careers in international development and global education. I make sure that we have a plan before starting the journey, so I can fully understand someone’s expectations and goals
How can you help a student mentee?
I want to help in understanding what it is that the mentee really would like to achieve and to set more meaningful and long term goals for a long and successful career and life. As an experienced project manager in the education field I can offer a good deal of knowledge and recourses for a mentee to learn more about the sector they want to work in
What key skills do you possess as a mentor?
I have a wide range of training and coaching experience which helps me to take the best approach while mentoring. I inspire and challenge, and use my project management skills to help creating tangible plans by mentees
What we say about Olga?
Olga is a brilliant mentor who has helped an existing graduate achieve great success in landing her dream role. She is challenging, inquisitive, caring and has a hard work ethic. We are so grateful for her commitment to the scheme and our students as a genuine change maker. Thank you Olga!

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A word from the project officer:

Its been a busy month for the project as we plan for our quality assurance visit plus gear up for another big academic year. Projects are starting, mentoring good practice is developing, our student mentees are now achieving and mentors are gaining great fulfilment in their work with students. Many thanks to all of you engaged in the scheme. We couldn’t run this project without you!

Andy Morris, Employability Mentoring Project Officer

For more information contact me on:
andy.morris@dmu.ac.uk
07909 000127
0116 207 8979

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