In August 2020 Stemettes and Deutsche Bank launched the Student-to-Stemettes Mentoring programme, aiming to support 70 students through virtual mentorship. Alongside the mentorship, a series of events were hosted to develop employability skills, entrepreneurial skills, and confidence.
Team Stemette matched 70 pairs, including Sherpas from Deutsche Bank, for the 8-month programme. The pairs met virtually every fortnight, with mentors offering mentees support, advice and guidance in exploring their future in STEM. The programme concluded in March 2021, with mentors and mentees exploring subjects such as goals, CVs, interviewing, networking and applications.
WOW – We love STS Graduation Day! What an incredible journey our #mentee & #mentor Student to Stemette programme participants have been on!
We've celebrated the success of our @dbCitizenship funded fully virtual #WomenInSTEM led mentorship cohort of 2020 tonight! #PositiveImpact pic.twitter.com/KckNJbuGtr
— Stemettes ® ?★ # + (@Stemettes) March 31, 2021
What did Mentees think?
- 100% felt the programme was successful in building up their self-confidence and self-belief
- I 100% would recommend this programme to others
- 98% felt the programme met or exceeded their expectations
- 90% achieved their goals set out with their Sherpa at the start of the programme
“The programme overall has inspired me to take every opportunity available to me. It’s got me excited about my future in STEM and I have signed up for various STEM-related work experience events which I am looking forward to.”
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — @Oprah ?
Thank you, @Stemettes, for enabling me to do just that through the #StudentToStemette mentorship programme! ? Keep them on your radar for future #WomenInSTEM opportunities. ? #StStemette pic.twitter.com/3uAIpmDlK0
— Lella Violet (@LellaVi) March 29, 2021
The top skills developed through the program were interviewing skills, networking skills and CV writing. The programme not only provided transferable skills but also improved confidence and mental health.
- 94% felt that the STS programme supported their mental health and wellbeing
- 80% reported that the programme has helped them to engage with other opportunities outside of Stemettes
- 80% say their Sherpa helped them to apply for these other opportunities
“I have polished my CV and built upon my online networking skills using LinkedIn. I searched for internship opportunities and have successfully gained an industrial placement with Mitsubishi Chemicals. I have decided to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical or chemical industry after learning more about the possible industries I could go into.”