Careers Network Mentoring Scheme
BSc Chemistry, 3rd year student
Hi, my name is Sophie and I'm a third-year chemistry student and in 2020 I took part in the Careers Network Mentoring Scheme. I was paired with a mentor who worked in the Environmental Energy sector of Aldi. His main roles included carbon, water, and energy management for the company.
We had monthly meetings on Zoom and emailed frequently in between these meetings for updates. I wanted to take part in the scheme to try and develop my understanding of the best routes I can take to get into my career pathway, as well as developing skills required for the jobs I was looking for
My mentor gave me lots of advice on how to research jobs as well as opportunities for internships. He actually helped me to write my CV as well as an internship application which was successful the last summer when I completed the internship.
Top Tip for mentoring
I'd say the best way to make the most out of this scheme is to not be afraid to ask your mentor. The individuals involved as mentors want to help in any way they can and are there to offer their advice and support. Saying this, the scheme has to be led by you it's important to stay organized and ensure you plan times and meetings as well as having a clear idea of what you want to achieve out of each session.
Advice from Mentor
One piece of advice that I got from my mentor is it's best to take any opportunities possible to expand your experience and develop your skills in your desired career field. Whether this could be opportunities such as this careers mentoring scheme or volunteering, any internships and any careers fairs possible, it's best to get involved with whatever is available to you.