A morning meet-and-greet event helped kick off the University College of the Cayman Islands’ newest mentoring programme.
Accounting students and members of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants were on hand last Thursday to find out more about what the program has to offer.
Attendee and CISPA member Amber Williamsen was a looking forward to becoming an e-mentor.
‘I was fortunate when I was a student and had a mentor who helped guide me professionally,’ she said.
‘I wanted to do the same for someone else as I understand how important it is.’
Already, CISPA assists UCCI by organising work experience for accounting certificate students; providing guest lecturers to AA and BSc accounting classes; sponsoring the Pipeline campus magazine; and conducting UCCI CISPA outreach sessions.
Last academic year saw the launch of the CISPA Key Mentor programme which paired a CISPA member with a group of three to six students.
‘It was determined that students would benefit even more via a one-to-one mentor programme rather than the group venue established in the Key Mentor programme,’ said UCCI head of student services Mary Anne Cannon.
Organized by CISPA membership chair Charles Bolland, Ms Cannon and UCCI accounting lecturers Annette Murphy and Ansel Tempral, e-mentoring permits students to meet, or chat via e-mail, with their mentors to discuss class and homework assignments, test preparation, mapping out a career path and discuss trends in the local and global accounting industry.
Ms Cannon and Mr. Bolland will consult on the mentor-mentee matches. The hope is that the one-on -one paring will give participating students direct and immediate access to their mentors so they can tackle challenges as they arise more effectively.
So far, 27 students and 40 CISPA members have expressed interest in the initiative.
Ms Cannon and Mr. Bolland will be monitoring progress from both the students’ and mentors’ perspectives.
For more information, contact Ms Cannon at [email protected]