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Warwick Career Support Network for Administrative Staff


Who is the Career Support Network for?

Are you a member of administrative staff at Warwick? Are you looking for some confidential, impartial advice for an internal job application or a job interview? The Warwick Career Support Network may be able to help you.

The Network is made up of a number of experienced managers who have volunteered to meet colleagues from across the University and mentor and guide on how to write effective job applications and prepare for/learn from interviews.

How does the Network Operate?

Typically Network mentors are able to help colleagues who haven’t applied for a post for some time, or who are finding a particular application or interview preparation challenging, or who want to learn from an unsuccessful experience.

How do I ask for a Mentor?

The Learning and Development Centre organises the Network. To make an appointment to meet a Career Support Network mentor, please complete our application form, including some information on the support you are looking for. This will help your mentor prepare for a meeting with you. We will then try to match you with a member of the Network and you can arrange to meet.

Are there any good practice guidelines?

There are some basic guidelines to observe to ensure that you get the best out of the relationship.

  • The content of all Network mentoring conversations is confidential to the individuals in the room.
  • Mentoring is non-judgemental and objective and seeks to enable individuals to take responsibility for their future actions and decisions.
  • Explain to your mentor what you are looking for and check that they are able to support that particular need. If you need support that is outside the remit of the Network, then you should start by looking at the Careers self-help resources on the LDC website at:
  • Sometimes you may wish to ask to be matched with another mentor, for example, when you are matched with a mentor that you know or work with. If this happens, then you should email LDC and ask to matched with another mentor.
  • Agree with your Network mentor when you will meet and where. If you have to change or cancel, please let your mentor know in good time. Mentors are volunteers and have a role elsewhere in the University that they need to fulfil.
  • If you feel you need more than one meeting, then your Network mentor will agree with you how often he/she can meet you.
  • Mentoring relationships should operate for a maximum of three meetings.
  • Participation – of both parties – is voluntary. Either party may break off the relationship if they feel it is not working. Both parties share responsibility for the smooth winding down and proper ending of their relationship.
  • If your mentor believes that the situation you present is beyond their capability or experience to support, they will advise you of this and suggest that you contact LDC for advice.