Impact of Mentoring

RREF Mentoring AwardsLooking at the Mentoring Scheme and its impact on participants.

By Susannah Campbell, Student Engagement and Events Coordinator, RREF.

As RREF celebrated it's 8th annual RREF Mentoring Reception on Wednesday 23 March, kindly hosted by U+I Group plc, nearly 200 mentors and their mentees had the opportunity to meet and connect with their peers.

Following this celebration it seems appropriate to reflect on the success of the scheme and the importance of mentors as we launch the awards for the Mentor & Mentee of the Year 2016.

Set up in 2008 with the aim of offering as many undergraduates and postgraduates as possible the opportunity to have a one to one connection with a real estate professional in the industry the scheme has now offered 1,200 students this invaluable chance to prepare them for the industry.

For students such as Phil Walker, BSc 2010, (Asset Manager, Avignon Capital) from a non-property background the scheme was vital;

Having a mentor at University provided an invaluable contact in the industry. They gave advice on CV’s, job applications, work experience and are still giving me advice today as we regularly keep in touch. I also arranged 1 day of shadowing with my mentor and he did not just place me into his firms internship programme but instead gave selfless advice on numerous occasions that helped me make my own way.’

Understanding the importance of his mentor in helping his journey into the industry Phil also acts as a current mentor to help other students, ‘It was for this reason that I wanted to give back. Personally I try not to hand my mentee answers on a plate but nudge them in the right direction so they can form their own views like I did. All in all, a fantastic programme which I will continue to support.’

The mentoring programme has proved incredibly successful over the years, and for one student participant ‘the time my mentor set aside for me and the effort he has gone too has helped me understand the property sector much better and will forever be appreciated.’

But in order to support the growing number of students we need more mentors, from the UK and internationally as more international students undertake RE&P courses.

If like Phil you want the opportunity to help the real estate professionals of tomorrow please register your interest by 31 July 2016, ready to meet your mentees in October 2016, and join us at the 2017 Mentoring Reception.

If you would like to ask any questions or require further information on the Mentoring Programme please email info@rref.reading.ac.uk or call 0118 378 4192.

 

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