WHAT WILL YOUR COMPANY GET OUT OF CONTRIBUTING TO THE MENTORING PROGRAMME?
The mentoring programme helps to boost the visibility of your company towards an interesting group of students, and gives your staff – the mentors – an opportunity for personal development and to try their hand at guiding and inspiring a student.
and gives your staff – the mentors – an opportunity for personal development and to try their hand at guiding and inspiring a student.
For the mentor, it’s also an opportunity to network with other mentors and mentees.
The mentor is a young, relatively recent graduate working in the business world. The mentor uses his or her time, knowledge and experience to guide, coach and develop the mentee. A mentor should have the following:
- A third-level qualification
- 2-8 years of experience
- A personal interest in guiding another person
As part of the programme, the mentor will be prepared for his or her role, provided with tools for the interviews, and given an opportunity to network with other mentors at the three networking meetings. It is important that the mentor is curious about the mentee and the challenges that he or she faces.
Mentors use their time, knowledge and experience to guide, coach and develop the student. Mentors are found through alumni networks in the programmes of higher and further education, as well as through companies and networks.
When registering for the mentoring programme, the prospective mentor provides information and responds to questions. This provides the basis for the matching process. The mentor receives confirmation of registration.
The student mentee will be in the final year of his or her educational programme, and is usually studying at a local educational institution in Esbjerg.
He or she will have applied for the mentoring programme and been selected on the basis of the application and a match. The student is therefore highly motivated and committed to participating in and benefiting from the mentoring relationship.
It is the student’s responsibility to prepare for the interviews, schedule the meetings, set an agenda, and write notes with focus points to work on for next time. The student must also be prepared to be flexible with regard to the time and place of the meetings. The student must also be prepared to be flexible with regard to the time and place of the meetings.
The kind of guidance the student receives will depend on the individual and what they and the mentor agree on. Some examples might be:
- Insight into a business area
- The transition from studies to the first job
- The job application process
- Inspiration on how to apply theory in practice and to larger projects
Student in Business (SIBU) is responsible for collecting the profiles of mentors from companies and alumni networks. Based on the descriptions of the mentors, a job advertisement is drawn up for the coming mentees. SIBU is responsible for advertising and branding the programme.
On the basis of the applications, SIBU finds a match between the mentor and a student. If there are any doubts about a possible match, the mentor in question will be contacted before the match is finalised.
A contract is then drawn up between the company, the mentee and SIBU, setting out the framework of the mentoring programme, the expectations of the participating parties, and the mutual confidentiality that will apply both during and after the programme.
The mentoring programme is evaluated on an ongoing basis. Halfway through the programme, a telephone interview is conducted with each mentee and mentor.
Throughout the programme, it will be possible to contact those responsible for the programme if you have any questions, or if you need to exchange experience or receive new inspiration.
It is expected that the organisers will be contacted if any challenges arise in the mentor-mentee relationship – this is the responsibility of both parties.
Participation in the programme is free of charge for the mentee. The mentor “pays” with the time spent. The total time spent by the mentor is expected to be around 20-25 hours over nine months.
The companies or educational institutions make themselves available to organise the three networking meetings:
This is an opportunity to showcase your company/educational institution and make a presentation on the day.
Education Esbjerg will cover all costs relating to advertising, matchmaking and other presenters.
Our first mentoring programme began in March 2021, the next will begin in Nover and the following companies provided one or more mentors in either programme 1, 2 or in both.
- Ørsted Wind Power
- Associated Danish Ports
- Kemp & Lauritzen
- Jansson Alarm
- Semco Maritime
- Kvist Industries
- Sydvestjyske Museer
- Quantity Digital
- Arkitektfirmaet Rudolf
- Sydvestjysk Sygehus
- Esbjerg Kommune
- Viking Life-Saving Equipment
The mentoring programme has a steering committee made up of representatives from the companies and educational institutions. The task of the committee is to secure the continued development of the programme, in co-operation with Education Esbjerg.
The steering committee meets twice a year.
“The mentoring programme is a useful and highly tangible initiative that gives us a great opportunity to influence students, academically and otherwise, in a way that makes them more inclined to choose us as their employer As an Esbjerg company, we feel a responsibility to help to equip the city’s young people so that we can retain sharp IT talents in the local area.”
Design Director og Partner - Quantity Digital
Natalia and I have talked about her experiences with the mentoring programme, and I have personally seen how it has contributed to reflection and personal development for her. Her approach to collaboration, especially with the younger staff, has also changed, and I am sure that is rewarding for all concerned. I attribute this directly to the learning that has come about through the mentoring programme.
Jacob Kirkegaard Rasmussen
Head of Process Department at DSM Esbjerg.
I think the mentoring programme is a really good initiative. If the mentoring programme had been available to me when I was a student, I would definitely have signed up for it – even though I had a student assistant job with the prospect of a permanent position here at DSM Esbjerg. I really like the fact that the initiative both helps students to get a foot in the door of the companies, and puts companies in contact with the students.
Process Engineer at DSM Esbjerg