Information School students have the opportunity to take part in the University’s eMentoring scheme which partners students with professionals working in their target field. Through engaging in the scheme and talking with mentors, students gain insights into particular job roles, gain valuable advice about the recruitment process and develop important industry knowledge. Students have two opportunities to register for the scheme, and are matched to a professional volunteer mentor in a relevant job role. All students who applied for the scheme in 2016-17 were successfully matched with a mentor. The student and their mentor meet virtually for 7-10 weeks to discuss technical and professional topics, share experiences of job search and recruitment and discuss applications and CVs.
Students who have taken part in the scheme report that they feel better informed about their career options in their field, have improved confidence and feel better equipped to apply for jobs and attend interviews and have developed important networking skills. 98% of those who took part would recommend the scheme to other students.
In 2016-17 20 Information School students took part in the scheme and were matched with mentors from a huge range of sectors and job roles:
· Learning and teaching librarian (university)
· Strategy consultant (corporate)
· IT architect (Corporate)
· Data coordinator / social analyst (Corporate)
· Head of library services (University)
· Metadata specialist (Public sector)
· Business development manager (corporate)
More information about the eMentoring scheme can be found here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/explore/ementoring