Bolton School Former Pupils

Undergraduate Mentoring Scheme

A group of Old Boltonians have volunteered their time free of charge to act as volunteer mentors, to assist younger Old Boys in the transition from university to the world of work. All of the volunteer mentors have offered to use their professional experience in fields such as Journalism, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Banking and Property, to support young undergraduates on an informal, one-to-one basis.

The mentoring support would be informal, and shaped by the individuals involved, but could involve mentors helping undergraduates with early discussions about possible career options and assessing themselves in preparation for job applications, accompanying them to careers fairs, and offering assistance and guidance during the job application process.

Taking your first step on the career ladder is a big task and finding the right opening does not come easily. Talking to Old Boltonians who have a lifetime’s experience in a particular field can provide very valuable insights, helping you to make the right choice and providing you with real support in finding the right job.

If you would like to take part in the mentoring scheme, please contact Old Boltonians David Seddon (1960-1971) or Peter Acton (1964-1971), either through the Bolton Alumni Network or via the Development Office. They will be pleased to hear from you.

Testimonial by Mentee Akul Pankhania (2008-2015)

I have just finished university with a lot of debt and no job or any idea of what I would like to do. It is quite a lonely reality being faced by a lot of graduates across the country. Luckily, a couple of weeks before my last exam, I received an email from the Headmaster of Bolton School advertising this post university mentoring scheme. With so many talented people going through the system at Bolton School, The Alumni Network must be a ‘hall of fame’ for success in the world of work.

To have access to a mentoring scheme like this is a unique opportunity to put you head and shoulders above the thousands of graduates looking for a job. I was assigned a mentor who has put the effort into getting to know me as a person and keeping in touch, by text, by phone and in person. It has been really great to have someone with such a wealth of work experience to help me plan out my career goals and how I will get there.

In the space of six weeks, I have gone from literally not having a clue. I nearly ended up rushing at a sales job I was offered. To then carefully planning a career path for the next 10 years and networking with the big accountancy firms. I have also been offered two interviews with the Civil Service and an interview with one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms. Two great careers I would like to follow.

The best thing about the mentoring scheme is the direction it has given me and also the ambitious mindset it has ignited in me. I now know from experience that it is easy to clutch at straws after university and feel daunted and overwhelmed by the job hunt. Now, I am enjoying the ride and feel that the future is very bright regardless of where that is!

Young Old Boltonians