“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell
September 21st – The Wellington ICT Grad School launched a pilot Mentor Programme in order to facilitate relationships between ICT Professionals and our industry focused students. 58 students from various programmes applied and 38 professionals offered their time to mentor for the academic year.
“I feel that it is important to network with the people working in the industry and learn the strategies and procedures they use in the real-world business cases. The mentor programme organised by the Wellington ICT Graduate School created a space to meet the people working in the industry, which was really helpful to connect and learn from them in person.” – Aravindh Rajendran, Master of Professional Business Analysis
Meeting 6 or more times throughout the academic year, these relationships provide the opportunity for personal growth and professional development.
So far, the momentum has been stunning! We have witnessed incredible engagement as students have already been able to attend events alongside mentors and have their CVs reviewed. Particularly impactful for our young female students entering IT, we are grateful for the support and coaching from many professional women here in Wellington.
“I have had a lot of people give their time and knowledge to me over my career and these mentors have been crucial to my growth. I want to mentor the next generation because I just want to help. Particularly for women, ICT offers flexibility, career movement, great pay, and it’s always fun. Flexibility is vital for me and I am fortunate enough to work in a workplace and industry that supports my needs.” – Chelsey Dean, Axenic
The Wellington ICT Grad School is thrilled to be a part of facilitating these relationships and we hope this initiative will empower future capacity in the ICT industry.