Career mentoring is an important step in preparing students for the workforce. It helps boost a student’s confidence and trust within themselves, and has a positive effect on their job satisfaction in the future.
Tips for Mentoring
There are four key principles in career mentoring.
- Introduce the student to a workplace and the variety of roles within it.
- Engage the student in career conversations about your job and the education and career decisions that led you to it. At the same time encourage your student to talk about their interests and ideas. Offer lots of opportunities for them to ask you questions.
- Provide a series of workplace activities that will allow the student to actively connect to your job. This approach can result in rich career conversations.
- Encourage further exploration of their possible career path in your industry sector by helping them identify possible next steps they could take to check out options or firm up ideas.
Mentoring can take place in any setting. There are no hard and fast rules.
Topics you could talk about with ShadowTech participants include:
- The importance of growing their employability skills – teamwork, communication skills, a positive attitude, willingness to learn, resilience, self-management and thinking skills.
- How they could prepare themselves for a career in IT – school subject choices, the variety of tertiary education options and the value of exploring possibilities before making final decisions.
In the future, if you would like to continue to mentor in a more formal way, further information is available on the Tertiary Education Commission’s careers website, www.careers.govt.nz
Your biggest gift to the students’, above all else, is your genuine interest in helping them explore and understand your industry and how it works.