It’s a new joint initiative for 2017-18 being undertaken by the Student Life Mentoring Team and the Employability and Careers Centre.
The pilot will run for six weeks between the beginning of February and the end of March 2018.
Our mission can be summarised by three key aims:
- To support those who are seeking or about to embark on professional training
- To encourage those returning from professional training to reflect on and share their experiences
- To advocate professional training, engaging students who may not have otherwise considered it
Why do it?
Peer support is increasingly recognised as an important tool in helping students excel (Andrews & Clark 2011, HEA 2014). Complementing the specialist support already provided by senior professional training tutors, the PTY administrator team and our careers advisers, PT coaches can be an accessible and supportive point of contact for second-year students. PT coaches can share their own experiences of the job-seeking process and adjusting to a professional setting for the first time. They will also act as advocates for Professional Training.
What are the benefits?
Benefits for students looking for Professional Training placements:
- Support, advice and a friendly listening ear to help you through the job-seeking process and preparing for the world of work, or in some cases foreign study
Benefits for final-year students returning from placement:
- Transition support back into university life
- Continued personal and professional development
- Opportunity to work towards formalised certificates and/or awards
Who are we looking for?
Any second-year Surrey Business School student seeking support as they embark on their Professional Training journey can become a PT coachee.
Final-year Surrey Business School students who wish to be a PT coach should be organised, flexible, strong communicators and have completed a Professional Training placement. You don’t need to have experience of coaching as we will provide you with training, but enthusiasm for helping others is essential!
Whilst we will do our best to facilitate everyone who applies, places are limited so please apply as soon as possible.
What exactly is involved?
Besides supporting one or multiple students, you will have other opportunities to get involved with the scheme and develop other professional skills:
Online Forum: All participants in the scheme can participate in an online forum. The forum will be a space for anyone to ask questions and provide advice and support.
Advocacy: PT coaches will act as advocates for Professional Training in their department and beyond. If you’ve gained a lot from your Professional Training Year then help promote the opportunity to others!
How do I become a coach?
The first step is to email email@example.com Please state 'coach' in the subject header. This pilot project is open to all final-year Surrey Business School students who have completed a Professional Training placement. One of the team will then be in touch to seek further information if necessary, let you know if you have been successful, and to advise you of the next steps.
How do I become a Coachee?
The first step is email firstname.lastname@example.org Please state 'coach' in the subject header and specify any particular business areas you are interested in. This pilot project is open to all second-year Surrey Business School students considering going on placement. Where required, one of the team may be in touch to seek further information, if necessary, and to advise you of the next steps.