Scheme providing 'real life' business advice

Professional Mentors
Professional Mentors

13th January 2012

Aston Business School’s Professional Mentoring Scheme for 2011/12 has been successfully launched, with its aim to provide second year undergraduates with ‘real life’ business advice and an insight into leading organisations.

Nearly 100 business professionals representing organisations including  Accenture, Barclays, BMW, Cap Gemini, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, TUI Travel and many successful and innovative SMEs have signed up to mentor Aston University undergraduates to pass on their skills, knowledge and workplace expertise. The scheme, now in its second year also aims to support business professionals in their own development and to provide a platform in developing their own business networks. This ABS-led programme is one strand of the University’s larger Mentoring Scheme. This provides a range of opportunities for current students and alumni to work with and support Aston undergraduates include Aston’s established Peer Mentor and Alumni Mentor Schemes.

Second year students involved in the Professional Mentoring Scheme have been matched to professional mentors with skills directly relevant to their degrees and career preferences  within a variety of areas including finance, marketing, logistics, sales, engineering, human resources and Information Technology. Karen Collier, a HR Business Partner for Marks & Spencer, said; “This scheme is a great initiative, which will really make a difference. It gives students the opportunity to combine their academic study alongside the chance to improve their skills, and gain knowledge in the workplace.”

Jamie Colthart, an Operations Manager for Argos, added: “It is an opportunity to inspire, and to pass on my knowledge from the practical working side of logistics. It is a chance for students to discover more about the whole supply chain, network in operations and to get the very best out of their degree and study.”

Paul Burgess, a Director for Enrich Business Development, said: “As a former Aston MBA graduate I am very pro Birmingham and proud of the City and its universities, so it is great to become a mentor.”

Baljit Gill, Learner Enhancement Manager for Aston University, commented: “This new programme is a welcome addition to our well established mentoring schemes. It will provide further opportunities for students to connect with alumni and other members of the business community interested in supporting Aston undergraduates.”

Dr Patrick Tissington, Associate Dean Business Partnerships at ABS added: “Aston University would like to thank all of the mentors and their organisations for their time, support and inspiration which has allowed the scheme to reach the success it has become today.”

For further information on joining the Professional Mentoring Scheme contact Nathalie Lam on or call 0121 204 3339.

For further media information contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on or 0121 204 4549