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National Mentoring Day 2016: The golden thread to a positive career future

National Mentoring Day 2016

Today we join with other organisations across the UK to mark National Mentoring Day - a day for like minded people to join together to share success stories, case studies, and top mentoring tips.


Providing inspiration to our USW community and illustrating the power of mentorship, we introduce alumna Dr Rhian Hills, Senior Policy Manager for Welsh Government, and final year BA Public Services student, Emma Barnes-Lewis.  


Connected via the alumni network, Dr Hills felt it important to positively influence a student having walked the same academic path herself. “Having been a former student at USW, and knowing how crucial guidance can be when indecision hits as studies come to an end, I felt it was really important to offer my support. Becoming an alumni mentor enables me to provide guidance and information to a mentee to help shape their future interests, and hopefully allows them to gain an insight and understanding of their future chosen career path and industry sector.”


Becoming an alumni mentor enables me to provide guidance ... and allows the mentee to gain an insight and understanding of their future chosen career path... It's been a really positive experience.


Emma - who benefitted from the connection with Dr Hills onwards from her second year of studies - was quick to share her reasons for requesting an alumni mentor. “I'm embarking on a new career and need someone to challenge and help shape my thinking - turning thoughts into actions to take me where I want to go in my career.  Dr Hills has helped me open my mind to new opportunities and provide access to new networks.




Many of our former students play an active role within the University community,  providing inspirational support, guidance and expertise to current students. 


Building on existing mentor connections across the USW community, the University will be launching its new alumni mentor scheme in autumn 2017. Initially to support final year undergraduate students, it is hoped that the initiative will expand to postgraduate students and alumni in due course.  The scheme will connect students coming to the end of their studies with a graduate mentor working in a professional function or sector of interest. 


While in the planning stages, we encourage graduates who may have an interest in this invaluable student-facing initiative to register their interest by emailing the Alumni Office - alumni@southwales.ac.uk.  Further details about the project will be shared in the coming months.


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