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James Prendergast Business School

One of our mentors shares how the scheme can benefit you.

 






"Think about what they would like to achieve from the mentoring scheme. I encourage my mentees to decide what type of sector and industry they would most like to explore."


James Prendergast
Student mentor

What do you like most about the mentoring scheme? What was the reason why you wanted to join?

My daughter was given a fantastic opportunity to come to the University of Greenwich to study. When she came to Greenwich, I was very keen to see if there was anything that I could do to give something back, so the mentoring scheme seemed perfect for me.

It gives me an opportunity to work with students like my daughter who are academically bright and need a little bit more understanding of the commercial world.

How is first contact made with the student mentee?

Around September time, I'll expect in the next 6 weeks afterwards to receive an email from the University saying that they have a student who is potentially interested in working with a mentor.

The next stage of the process is an informal initial meeting with the student. I would normally suggest I come to Greenwich to make the student feel comfortable in their usual surroundings and we would then meet and go through a plan of action.

What would you say to any student that is questioning getting involved in the scheme?

I would suggest to the student that they think about what they would like to achieve from the mentoring scheme. I encourage my mentees to decide what type of sector and industry they would most like to explore.

Do you think the scheme is something you'd encourage other people like your daughter to get involved in?

I'd definitely encourage students to get involved in the scheme. One of the key aspects of getting involved is that when you leave the classroom and go into the workplace, you can understand that work, commerce and business is done in a very different way.

It's not all done across a desk. A lot of business is done outside of the office - in coffee shops, at lunch, after work drinks. It's important to understand how business is conducted.