Mentors and students will be requested to attend the following mentorship activities:
The IMN journey commences with an initial meeting between the mentor and his/her students where both parties will introduce themselves and discuss their shared goals, commitments towards the programme, as well as planned activities for subsequent meet-ups. Every participating student will keep his/her Liaison Office (LO) informed of the key discussion points (refer to Annex B) after the initiation.
Shared goals between the mentors and students could include, but are not restricted to, the following:
- mentors to share knowledge, experiences and career journeys with students;
- mentors to convey industry insights and developments to students;
- mentors to guide students on personal development and career planning;
and any other goals aimed at helping the students explore personal development and career options. These shared goals should be achievable and realistic taking commitments into consideration.
Though it is hoped that student(s) may intern or work at the mentor’s workplace, the IMN does not obligate SP, mentors and students to ensure internship and/or employment placements.
Subsequent meet-ups may be conducted at mentors’ offices, hence allowing the students sneak peeks into their mentors’ workplaces, or any other location convenient to all members of the work group, i.e. a mentor and his/her 2 – 4 students, and appropriate to achieve the programme goals and objectives of a specific meet-up.
Suggested activities during the subsequent meet-ups between a mentor and his/her students may include, but are not restricted to, the following:
- chat sessions where mentors share their knowledge, life and work experiences as well as industry insights;
- exploratory activities such as researching collaboratively on a topic, industry developments or trends;
- developmental activities such as a mentor guiding his/her students to refine their career goals, validating students’ (mock) interviews, resumes or job applications and giving company-specific feedback and sharing industry practices thereafter;
- discussions led by mentors to increase students’ understanding of the demands of various career options, workplace culture and job market. Taking students’ interests, values and motivations into consideration, mentors can also help identify gaps in student’s skills and experiences and guide them on pathways to bridge those gaps;
- students visiting and shadowing their mentors at their workplaces; and
- attending corporate and/or industry events together.
Students must inform their Liaison Officers (LOs) prior to each meet-up, and record all sessions in their learning reflections (Annex C). Meet-ups are best arranged for within working hours and with at least 2 students.
Progress & Feedback
At the end of every semester, students will be required to submit their progress, learning reflections, as well as updates, if any, to the goals, commitment and planned activities detailed in the Student’s Learning Reflections (refer to Annex C).
Feedback may also be requested from mentors to ascertain the effectiveness of IMN in meeting its objectives and the areas for improvement. Mentors may also be invited to share their experiences and best practices of the IMN. Such sharing sessions will also lend themselves as networking sessions for both mentors and students.