Are you a final year student, with a disability, and are wondering what’s next after university? Do you want support with job applications, creating an on-line presence, or searching for jobs? Or maybe you’ve landed a job, but are nervous about preparing for meetings, giving presentations or developing any skills that are relevant to your new role?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions...then an Employability Mentor could be a great resource for you!
What is the Employability Mentoring Scheme?
The University of Bath Disability Service is running a new pilot scheme for final year students by matching them with an Employability Mentors for 8 x 1-hour sessions after graduation.
Your Employability Mentor will work with you on a one-to-one basis once you come to the end of your course and throughout the summer period. They will help you navigate the transition between University and the workplace. Your mentor will work with you to determine your personal employability goals and will build a plan with you to help support this. Their role is to help you to achieve your goals and reach your full potential.
This support will be in addition to any DSA support or Careers Service guidance available at the University of Bath that you are already entitled to.
How can an Employability Mentor support me?
Here are some further areas your Employability Mentor can help you with:
- Applying for jobs
- Giving advice on making job applications and updating your CV
- Helping to develop an on-line presence/profile (I.e., setting up a LinkedIn profile)
- How to search for jobs online and setting up job alerts
- How to register with agencies for temporary work opportunities (to build up specific skills/experience
- Support with finding networking events/conference/opportunities to add to CV/experience
- Writing covering letters
- Helping prepare for interviews
If you’ve succeeded in gaining a new job, your Employability Mentor can help in the following areas:
- Helping you to prepare for meetings, give presentations, provide good customer service etc.
- Working to develop your social and communication skills to help in your new role
- Support to understand practical tasks in the workplace
- Developing any skills that might be relevant to your new role (e.g. sourcing and manipulating data, structuring assignments and information, developing proofreading skills, formulating professional emails and working to tight deadlines).
I am interested, what do I do next?
If you are interested in signing up to this scheme, and being matched with and Employability Mentor, then please fill in this form.
If you have any further queries before signing up, or need help with filling in the form above, then please contact the Disability Service on: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our Disability Support Co-ordinators will be in touch to help.
This blog is written by the Disability Service at the University of Bath.