The purpose of the JFT Graduate Mentorship Program is to create a support network for each interested person (mentee) and provide a platform for graduate students to meet each other and learn from a diverse group of mentors.
Studies have demonstrated that “soft skills”, in addition to technical knowledge, are essential for graduates to be successful as innovators, entrepreneurs, and in the traditional job. These include communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
One of the best ways to develop these employability skills is through mentoring relationships, in which an experienced person provides advice and assistance to a mentee. We have developed a mentorship framework that aims to promote both the personal and career development of the mentee.
Mentorship Priority Areas
Our structured graduate mentorship programme promotes the following:
- Personal development to enhance self-confidence
- Career development to enhance technical skills
- Soft skills and nurturing innovative
- Scholarship opportunities and application;
- Community engagement
- Presentation skills
- Advanced thinking and informed planning
Why you must join JFT graduate mentorship program
Requirements for entry-level jobs in most countries are quite similar. For example, in the informal sector, the top three prerequisites for employment at entry-level positions are soft skills, education/training, and practical hands-on abilities. The top three qualifications for entry-level positions in the formal sector are education/training, soft skills, and previous work experience. The first job is largely dependent on soft skills and relevant experience in addition to schooling.
The JFT Graduate Mentorship Program is designed to broaden your skills, technical knowledge, and talents and to gain experience from highly qualified mentors.
Our mentorship and capacity-building programs promote self-awareness to improve your competency to qualify for the few available opportunities.
Expectations of the Mentorship Program
Many students graduate every year, but the available job opportunities are limited. Through our mentorship programme, we help every graduate or college student to grow from where they are at the time of enrolling to our graduate mentorship programme.
We shall be able to support you in the areas of interest covered by the questions below.
- How will one be selected for a job among the high number of applications?
- What else can you do if you are not immediately employed upon graduation?
- What are some of the current self-employment opportunities?
- Where can you get funding to advance your studies?
- Where can you obtain scholarship opportunities to advance your studies?
- How do you balance working while studying, etc.?
Benefits of mentorship to graduates
In an undergraduate course, your goal is to acquire knowledge; in graduate school, it is to advance your understanding of a field of study and start performing professional duties. So, even though you might have strong enthusiasm for a specific subject, your final objective for getting an advanced degree may still be changing. Your mentors have the chance to help you with that evolution at this time.
It has been revealed that graduate students who receive quality mentorship exhibit:
Finally, it is an excellent reward to the graduates to gain inherent personal and professional satisfaction.
- More academic success in continuing in graduate school, productivity in pre-doctoral publications, conference presentations, course development, grant writing, and research activity
- Achieving a shorter time to degree and performing better in academic coursework
- Professional success with greater chances of securing a tenure-track position if seeking employment in academia or more tremendous career advancement potential if seeking leadership positions in administration or sectors.
The graduate mentorship program prepares the next generation of intellectual leaders in various disciplines. By engaging the curiosity and energy of young minds, societal challenges will benefit from innovative solutions. In addition, the increased self-awareness makes graduates to stay current on new research questions, knowledge, paradigms, and techniques.