July 25, 2021, by Noor Syuhada
Spice Up Your Career Journey through Career Mentoring
Want to gain ideas to create an insightful career plan?
Would you like to learn, grow and improve your employability skills?
Would you like to find someone who can help you do these things?
.. and do you know that you can? Yes, through a mentoring partnership!
Careers Advisory Service (CAS) has initiated a Career Mentoring programme which has had a variety of background in terms of progression. Introduced in 2014 as an Alumni Mentoring programme, the programme was revamped in 2018 as the Employer Lead e-Mentoring module, a new initiative under the Nottingham Advantage Award which saw the participation of 4 companies. In 2019, the programme has been continued with its new title Career Mentoring which CAS brought employers and alumni mentors to share their valuable experience, knowledge and guidance towards the mentees.
This programme is conducted for two months in every semester which involves Year 2, 3 and 4, through online communication such as email, phone call and WhatsApp messages. Over the semesters, the number of student participation has been gradually increased despite the pandemic that has been storming since early 2020. In Spring 2021, CAS had about 54 mentees and 23 mentors which involved 13 industry partners and 10 UNM alumni from reputable companies such as Amazon, ExxonMobil, Gamuda, Hilti, Mondelez, Pfizer, Samsung, Standard Chartered, Sunway and many more.
In addition, we have received insightful feedbacks regarding their experience from the participants:
- I really enjoyed learning new things from my mentor such as different ways on how to better approach employers for increased possibilities of getting hired. I also enjoyed speaking to my mentor as he encouraged me to work in a more organized manner, and gave me helpful tips regarding recruitment in Malaysia.
- I enjoyed how my mentor not only gave me career counselling advices , but also emotional support whenever I needed. She told me not to take much pressure and me believe in myself.
- What I enjoy the most in this programme is gaining valuable insights into my dream job which is my mentor’s occupational field. Other than that, I get to learn more about myself and work out how and where I should be heading to achieve an optimum outcome. Lastly, I get to learn what textbook, education and books cannot teach me.
Career Mentoring can be viewed as a voluntary and reciprocal learning relationship that offers professional and career development for the mentee, while offering opportunities for the mentor to grow through sharing their knowledge. Hence, CAS believes that mentoring partnerships can be mutually beneficial and rewarding – on both professional and personal levels.
Stay tuned for our updates on this programme through email blast and our social media; Facebook and LinkedIn. When time comes, wait no more and register to bring yourself towards a new experience before you enter the real workforce!