We've teamed up with Birmingham City University (BCU) to trial a coaching and development mentoring programme. The initiative aims to support students in their career goals and aspirations through distance communication, which we believe is integral in supporting a modern and dynamic workplace.
Working closely with the Careers Service at BCU, we've now matched 26 BCU students with business mentors from across the Society.
Setting up the student programme
In addition to Career Fairs, presentations and skills sessions, students at BCU highlighted that they felt there was a gap in 1 to 1 professional development opportunities. With a clear demand for both an 'Insights Day' and mentoring, we decided to work collaboratively to offer both.
The first task was to create an application process which would ensure both mentors and mentees would gain insight from this type of mentoring. Students studying a range of degrees were chosen, ranging from Business Management, Accounting & Finance to Computer Science and Music Technology degrees. Mentors from a diverse range of business areas at Nationwide were selected, including Business Transformation, Human Resources and IT & Group Security.
“ Nationwide have shown commitment to supporting and developing employability skills of Birmingham City University students and [have] been involved in various on-campus employability and recruitment activities. ”
Offering students an insight into Nationwide
To kick start the programme, we invited BCU students to Nationwide's head office in December. It was a packed day, with speakers from all areas of the business sharing an insight in to life at Nationwide. Highlights of the day inluded the 'application workshop' where the group were able to practice interview questions, a group activity simulating an assessment centre environment, and an inspiring talk from one of our senior managers in IT.
Creating development plans with the students
Over the course of the next few months, the students will work with their mentor to outline a development plan that best suits their individual needs, including tailoring their CVs, skills development, and help securing a graduate role.
“ I’m really looking forward to getting to know my mentee over the next couple of months and support their development both personally and professionally. Having been on the Nationwide graduate scheme myself, I’m hoping that by sharing my experiences I can really help my mentee with their career goals and aspirations. ”
To view our latest vacancies as well as a step by step guide to our application process, see students and graduates