Career Ready Mentoring | | October 2020

What is mentoring? We all have to start somewhere. But not everyone has the advantage of friends and families to act as role models. That’s why we need people like you to mentor a Career Ready student.

Date: Friday 23 October 2020


A mentor is a student’s guide, sounding board and critical friend. As a mentor, you have a real chance to unlock a student’s potential and help them flourish as they start their journey from education to the workplace.

Your relationship with a student will begin end of January / early February. You will meet once a month with the student over a 12 month period, mostly in your workplace* with each meeting lasting approximately an hour. For more information about mentoring visit our website:
* IOM meetings are at the discretion of the mentor/mentee and any Covid restrictions that may be in place. .

Who can become a mentor?

Mentoring is a great opportunity for anyone. Experienced colleagues are able to draw upon their wealth of experience, whilst less experienced colleagues are able to relate to the difficult decisions facing our students. Being a mentor can develop mentoring and line management skills.

How do we support our mentors?

Mentors are provided with information from the local coordinator and have access to the Career Ready website support once registered. An online booklet is provided as a guide for meetings. Mentors are also provided with a mentoring toolkit, bi-monthly e-newsletter and our Regional Managers are available to support volunteers.

What does mentoring involve?

One meeting per month from January through to December with each meeting lasting no more than an hour. The first meeting is a group meeting, the Mentor Icebreaker, at the end of which you are matched to your student and have your first one to one meeting.

Your Mentor Handbook has suggested agenda topics for each meeting and typically you will help your student with CV’s and application forms, Interview preparation and interview skills and workplace etiquette.

Key Dates

November 30th 2020 Deadline for volunteers to register on the Career Ready website

Late Nov-Early Dec 2020 Volunteers contacted by the Career Ready Regional Manager, allocated to a school/college. Mentors will also undertake an enhanced DBS check

Jan 2021 Ice breaker ‘first meeting’ session

February – December 2021 Mentors and students connect once a month for mentoring conversations. These will be delivered virtually until further notice or deemed safe to do so.

Dec 2021 Career Ready mentoring finishes, however many students and mentors continue their relationship.

Want to find out more or sign up?

Please visit our website – to find out more and you can also find out about the other ways you can get involved.

You are also warmly invited to attend an informal mentor information session on Tuesday 24th November at PDMS, Global House, Isle of Man Business Park, Douglas between 5 and 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Pease confirm your attendance by emailing or to ask further questions.
On the website you can also find out about the other ways in which you can volunteer with us and sign up to volunteer -

Impact of Mentoring

“Kayleigh was a role model for me in the workplace, she pushed me to be more proactive and helped me be a much more confident person.”
Natalia Twahirwa,
Career Ready STEM Student of the Year 2019