There are some learning journeys that a university dreams to offer, and we at Westford strive to provide access to invaluable experiences that bolster our students on their way to becoming
successful in their chosen professions.
It’s a fact that 88% of company directors believe skills such as communication, organization and commercial awareness are just as important and, in some cases, more important than the
academic knowledge and skills associated with a graduate’s qualification. In other words, quite a few graduates don’t get selected as they lack experience and real-world knowledge of the
industry. To help tackle this knowledge gap for our students and to help improve their success as they graduate and enter the workforce, we are excited to be launching the ‘Westford
The program is a unique opportunity for students to connect with industry experts and aims to address the industry academia gap to create corporate ready graduates through the mentor-
Mentoring is a two-way journey of learning. Our students will be encouraged to seek information and guidance from their mentor, and utilize the insight gained from learning about
their mentor’s skills, experience, and knowledge to inform decisions about their own future.
While the mentor can expect to gain increased knowledge of the current job market, hear fresh perspectives, develop career management skills and an expanded professional network. As you
probably already know, mentoring and developing others effectively is considered one of the key qualities of a successful leader.
Alumni mentoring programs have proven incredibly successful across the globe, however, it will be the first of its kind in the UAE. Each element of the program has been designed to build upon the skill gap presented. While the selected students will gain exclusive access to highly qualified mentors who will guide them one their way to success. Our carefully curated program will allow mentors and mentees to experience hassle free development and effective results.
Learn more about the Westford Mentorship program and how to register here: Mentorship
Program | Westford University College (mywestford.com)
Did you know career mentoring can result in increased knowledge of the current job market, confidence, and lifelong career management skills? Mentoring is also a great way to expand your professional network.
Mentoring is a learning relationship between individuals focused on the mentee’s development and goals. As someone who has “been there before”, you will be able to assist current students
in developing the confidence, knowledge and skills required to make a successful transition into industry.
Becoming a mentor has a wealth of personal and company benefits. We at Westford also understand that your time is precious, we value your commitment to the program and our
students. To show our appreciation to our most committed mentors you will also be able to unlock further benefits as a gift from us to you.
Here are some more benefits to joining our Industry Mentoring Program:
Partner & CEO Doukani LLC
“It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the noise created by thought leaders, self-help books and motivational content out there. 1:1 mentoring through WMP will ensure that students receive authentic and relevant guidance from mentors who have been there and done that - practical, evidence based and personalized advice”.
Head of Data Integration Practice, Evolvus Solutions Pvt Ltd
“Having someone to mentor means a great deal for students who are about to embark on their life journey and through WMP students are about to get this opportunity to be guided by experienced mentors which will give them access to decades worth of knowledge and wisdom live from the horse’s mouth”.
Senior Category Specialist (Electronics Procurement) Al Tariq LLC (Member of the EDGE Group of companies)
“I firmly believe that a mentor’s accumulated wisdom and expertise must be passed on to the next generation for them to amplify and do it better. As the famous quote by Benjamin Franklin, tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. This is the very essence of WMP. It is here to ensure that students are molded with proper guidance from the best in industry practitioners characterized by mutual respect, trust, shared values, and good communication to foster a culture of industry ready graduates”.
Dealer Development Manager - Audi Middle East
“Often the thought of doing something totally out of one’s comfort zone is met with many fears. These fears can be that the challenge is too big, the fear of not knowing what to do or the biggest of all fears which is FAILURE. The 1:1 mentorship through WMP is the support structure that students need. We find that students need to be asked the right questions in which they then have the answers, or they need a bit of guidance, motivation, and a little helping hand in the right direction. As someone who has walked down that road and conquered some of those fears I know first-hand how mentors support students through this incredible journey”.
Regional Business Account Manager EPSON Europe B.V.
“Since the day of birth all humans are in the cycle of learning from others, and always we look for an inspiration and motivation to get the next step in life. And since we all have been mentored by someone, WMP is opening the door to share real life experiences with the next generation to get them ready for their next challenge”.
Manager-HR & Administration, Eternity Technologies FZ LLC, RAK
“Mentorship through WMP serves to give back to society and is an important development and learning experience. Teaching others is the best way to learn yourself. In the same way,mentors become more competent as leaders and communicators, as they guide and help rising talents for potential growth or leadership roles”.
Senior Manager - ORAT at Dubai Airports
“Mentorship programs are extremely important, and valuable & I am honored to be part of Westford's Inaugural batch. The way I see it, it is about professional and personal development whether you are the mentor or the mentee. From my perspective, it’s an opportunity to coach,teach,listen, (and) provide guidance”.
Digital Experience Production Partner, Emirates
“Being a part of this initiative will add a lot of value to both the mentee and mentor. A challenge I would see is managing time schedules as not only do I see virtual meet-ups important, nevertheless face to face meetups would add a lot of value, especially as there are intangible and important values such as trust that play a huge part in a mentor/mentee partnership. I hope through this program, I can provide the knowledge and skills for my mentee to do things independently, without having to depend on the mentor making those decisions.”.
“Mentoring is a tool that helps with students' transition from life as a new student to graduation, and then on to their full career. Therefore, I am happy to be part of the Westford mentors’ team to help students develop their abilities, skills, and talents by sharing my experience,opinions, and perspectives which could give them the influence and guidance that they need to set a direction to reach their highest potential. Also, it is a chance for me to be exposed to a new way of thinking, new ideas, new practices that students have learned throughout their learning journey.”.