As an alumnus of The University of Hull, sobananapenguin's Director finds mentoring students highly rewarding.
The University of Hull's e-mentoring programme connects employers with students across all departments, providing an excellent opportunity to pass on knowledge, insight and advice.
"I was approached by the Careers and Employability Service," says Rich. "They wanted to know if I could get involved as a business owner and help a student better understand the world of marketing. Needless to say, I leapt at the chance."
The beauty of the e-mentoring programme is that it can all be done via email or over the phone if desired. Rich was put in contact with Zoë Thompson, who was in her final year of a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Law. Living close to the campus, Rich thought it would be more productive to meet up in person to go over any topics that Zoë wanted to focus on.
"Over the months we met a few times and went over a range of marketing disciplines, from social media management and email campaigns, to PR and campaign organisation."
Zoë clearly found this useful, as she kindly nominated Rich for a Special Recognition Award. Delighted to be one of three winners, he was presented with his certificate at a special event in the recently refurbished Staff House.
"It was such a surprise when my name was called by Matt Beecroft, Employability and Internship Officer. In fact, he actually had to call my name twice, as the first time it didn't quite register and I just sat at the back of the room looking like a right numpty."
With so many ways for businesses to support students in developing a career plan, it really is worth getting in touch with the Careers and Employability Service. Give them a call on 01482 465096 and offer your time any way you can.
"Zoë was great to work with," adds Rich. "She had so many intelligent questions and really took on board the information I shared with her. It's very rewarding to encourage the next generation of creative thinkers and business leaders, and I'll definitely continue to do so when the new academic year arrives."
You can also find the Careers and Employability Service on Facebook and Twitter.