Mentoring Programme enters Second Year

18 January 2017

Mentoring Programme enters Second Year

The Henley Mentoring programme was launched in May 2016 for students studying the Full time MBA programme, generating 18 mentoring pairings and creating a positive buzz within the student and alumni communities.

The Henley Mentoring programme was launched in May 2016 for students studying the Full time MBA programme, generating 18 mentoring pairings and creating a positive buzz within the student and alumni communities.

Developing some fantastic partnerships the scheme has proved to be a great asset to those participating, as one mentee, Subhasis Sett says: “A great initiative from Henley Business School. Because of this program, I got the opportunity to interact with someone who has vast experience and knowledge to answer my questions regarding my future career and long term goals by constructing the big picture. Every time I met my mentor, I got to learn something new and add value to the process of developing my career. I am very thankful to Henley Business School for taking this initiative and grateful to my mentor for supporting me to keep my confidence high and showing me the right path.” His mentor, Robin Hughes found the experience a very positive one too, “Having ‘been around the block’ in business, I wanted to make use of the experience I’ve accumulated over the years. Mentoring is an activity where, for relatively little effort, I can make a difference. By sharing experiences and talking through the options, I can help people in the early stages of their working lives visualise their future.”

Sade Olowe, another mentee found out first-hand how valuable a mentor can be when transitioning back to work after receiving an MBA: “I recall a particularly resonant conversation I had with Edwina, my mentor, shortly before I returned to my office in Nigeria on how I felt so empowered with the knowledge I gained from the MBA programme and how I believed that I was now positioned to be a change agent upon my return to work. Her response was a rather measured piece of advice that I have subsequently found invaluable. Her words to me - Be cautious that you have not changed so much that people cannot relate to you – proved very accurate. Things and colleagues have indeed changed while I was away, but Edwina’s advice prepared me well for the challenges of my re-engagement.”

Like other partnerships, Sade and her mentor Edwina Pike connected virtually, but this didn’t diminish the rewarding experience Edwina encountered: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Sade as she finalised her business project and made the transition from her MBA back into the commercial world.   We work virtually and although we have never met we have a strong connection and I am vested in her success.   Personally I have gained a great deal working with Sade; sharing experiences and beliefs, our conversations have helped me crystallise what has been important in my own journey. It has been wonderful to see Sade’s aspirations coming to life as she has flourished in her post-MBA world.”

Following the success of the 2016 programme we listened to feedback and this year slightly changed the process allowing students to choose their top 3 preferred mentors from an anonymous list. With the 2017 Mentoring Programme well underway we are in the final stages of matching alumni mentors with mentees and hope to announce 25-30 mentoring relationships in early February.

We are grateful to all the experienced, high quality mentor applications we received from alumni across the globe and across all industries.