Year 12 students could find themselves watching a surgeon perform in an operating theatre or sitting in on high-level client meetings with a top law firm by signing up to the mentoring programme organised by ORT, the global Jewish education charity.
Co-ordinator of the mentoring programme, JUMP-ORT, Mia Lyons, was at JCoSS earlier this month to introduce students to the programme, which provides mentors across a wide range of careers including medicine, music technology, engineering, media and law.
Mentors, many of whom are in high-profile positions within their careers, offer their time on a voluntarily basis. They spend five hour-long sessions with students in their workplace during the academic year and the relationship has led to a number of students finding their first job after university with the employer who mentored them. Mentors talk to students about their careers and arrange for them to get first-hand insights into their day to day work.
“Even if we don’t have a mentor on our list in an area the student wants to work in, we will try to find someone“, explained Mrs Lyons. “All students need is a commitment to get the most out of the programme.”
The programme is ideal for students who already have an idea about what career they want to pursue and provides excellent material when it comes to writing the Personal Statement section of university applications. Indeed, one of the mentoring sessions focuses on just that.
JCoSS Head of Careers Clare Raff said: “We hope many Year 12s will sign up for the programme. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to get a bird’s eye view of careers and the chance to make key contacts in the workplace.”
Pictured are students who have already applied for the programme. From left: Ryan Peltz, Bailey Plaskow, Molly Schiller and Zoe Hamlyn. Molly, who plans to study bio engineering, said: ”It would be really helpful to my future career plans to get some experience working with an engineer so I will definitely be applying.”
To take part, students need to complete an on-line application form on the ORT website: www.ortuk.org/jump , the deadline for which is early October. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.