Why is mentoring important?
One way to increase diversity in the profession is to offer mentoring to young people with high potential from diverse backgrounds. This mentoring can help:
- Provide valuable career and labour market information
- Develop key business skills, through reflection, coaching and transfer of experience
- Showcase role models by pairing mentees with mentors from similar backgrounds
- Through this mentoring, the young person can make informed decisions, feel supported in any applications they make and have a vision of where the career could take them.
What mentoring is available?
ICAEW Foundation have collaborated with Deloitte to provide one-on-one career support for students. The Mentoring Matters programme covers essential topics such as study support, career planning and wellbeing for each student in receipt of an ICAEW Foundation bursary.
It has also been extended to students who applied for an ICAEW Foundation bursary but were unsuccessful.
Caroline Kearns, Head of ICAEW Foundation, welcomed the programme's creation: "I think this type of support was the missing link for our students - and an important follow through to give them the best chance of study and future career success".