Mentoring Program 2023
Want to benefit from the advice and guidance of a highly experienced mentor? Join the RACI Mentoring Program. Applications for 2023 are now open.
What is the program?
Our Mentoring Program offers students and early career chemists a wonderful opportunity to gain unique knowledge and insights from industry experts, and develop their careers. The response from mentors and mentees is overwhelmingly positive to the program, with both benefiting from the experience. The program will match mentees with a one-on-one mentor with whom they can engage during the duration of the program. Mentees will gain access to their mentor's network and experience through communication with their mentor. The mentor is not expected to find their mentee employment but will offer the benefit of their advice and experience to them.
This is reflected in the fact that in the last few years, 80% of our mentoring program graduates have found a job within one month of graduation.
We take both undergraduate and postgraduate students (preferably in their penultimate year of study at the time of application) from a wide range of disciplines: from chemistry majors to forensics, nanomaterials, medicinal and biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, physical chemistry and more.
How does it work?
The program involves regular guidance and support (every few weeks), typically via calls and occasional casual meetings. Zoom catchups may replace face-to-face meetings during COVID restrictions.
This guidance is geared towards career support and advice including the process of finding a first job or your next career move. The mentor is not expected to offer you a job or find you employment.
The mentor will also offer support through developing professional networks, such as exploring networking opportunities. Typically the mentor will introduce the mentees to RACI contacts and include them in conversations at RACI events.
You will also have access to the mentoring program resources webpage packed with helpful tools, articles and links.