What’s involved for mentors and how you can get involved
As mentioned already, Mentors are established professionals in the Infrastructure & Energy Finance and Investment market, and will give 1-2 hours per month, on the telephone, to support their assigned student through whichever aspects of the module they need help with.
One Search handles the CRB-check (criminal record) on each mentor as a matter of assurance for the student and their family, and assigns each student to a mentor. The student and the mentor then make a telephone/video introduction at a mutually agreed time and set up a monthly progress call on the same basis.
Also, mentors commit to arranging a half day for the student to come and visit the mentor company and start to get first-hand experience of what work in the financial industry looks like. From the success we have already had with this at organisations such as Societe Generale, we know that our young women go away with a whole new perspective on a future career in finance.
Although mentoring is about individuals, we also hope to secure the buy-in of their employers, because we need the ability to bring the students in for half days (Years 1 & 2) and an internship (Years 3 & 4).
Express interest in becoming a Mentor.
YWIF is an amazing opportunity to get a foot on the finance career ladder, and it has been really rewarding to see my mentees grow in confidence and capability as they followed the YWIF program