This week, Sixth Form students at King’s Ely saw the launch of a new online initiative which provides mentoring opportunities through a network of professionals.

The programme, launched to students this week at a special assembly presented by Chris Murray from MentorMatchMe, involves Old Elean and parent volunteers giving advice on higher education and career paths. Former King’s Ely student, Calvert Markham, who is a visiting professor at Cass Business School and who is sponsoring the pilot scheme at King’s Ely, spoke to students about the importance of professional networking and the opportunities this brings for career advancement.

Calvert commented, “I see the benefit of mentoring as having the support of an experienced person to talk things over with, unlike a parent or friend who often comes with an agenda. They can help you recognise opportunities, what the options are, and the factors you need to consider.”

This exciting new web-based system runs on a secure platform and matches students with mentors for a specified challenge within a defined timescale. The pilot scheme is the initiative of Director of Higher Education Guidance, Gill Smith, and will help prepare senior students for today’s highly competitive job market.

Gill explains “Whatever the stage of their career, volunteers will have invaluable knowledge and experience that can help a young student navigate the path to higher education and a career choice.”

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