Erika Zita

Careers Network Mentoring Scheme
M. Eng Chemical Engineering, 2020

Introduction

Hi, my name is Erika and I'm a Chemical Engineering graduate. I took part in the Careers Network Mentoring Scheme in 2020. My mentor occupied a senior position at Shell and also undertook several overseas assignments before setting up his own consultancy. Due to the pandemic, we had most of our meetings via Skype. But these were easy to plan and also time flexible. However, we did have our final meeting in a café once restrictions were relaxed.

I took part in the mentoring scheme because I was in my final year of university, and I wanted more help in finding a graduate job or at least some work experience. My mentor was able to help me develop a better plan for my job applications, he gave me advice on my CV, and he also introduced me to one of his contacts who had vast knowledge in the field of Chemical Engineering.

Thanks to my mentor, I was able to secure a graduate role and he has offered his continuous help and support as I start my new role.

Advice from mentor

One piece of advice I got from my mentor was to think about where I want to be in ten years. This advice was useful even when applying for roles because it made me think about the type of roles I was applying for and their location. It has also made me more introspective about the steps I need to take to get to where I want to be, as well as making me more aware about identifying opportunities to get there.

Top Tip for mentorship 

My top tip for making the most out of the mentoring opportunity would be to go in with an open mind and this is because your mentor could introduce you to new career paths or opportunities or even ones that you've overlooked before. I also think that it's important to follow up on any advice that your mentor has given you and be proactive. Just so at your next meeting you have something to speak about but also this will be beneficial to you in the long run.

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