Personal development

Steps Ahead Mentoring

Start your journey. Shape your future. One-to-one mentoring for 18-24 year olds from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

By Fraser Graham Feb 5, 2021
Do you need a helping hand getting your career started? Perhaps you need advice on interview techniques, or maybe you aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to finding a job.
We’re here to help. Our free programme will match you with an expert in the world of work, who can give you the practical advice and confidence needed to help you find and secure work.

What is Steps Ahead Mentoring?

Steps Ahead Mentoring is a free national mentoring programme supporting young people (aged 18-24) looking to find or return to work.
The programme offers one-to-one mentoring support from people who are experts in recruiting, developing and retaining employees in organisations. Mentors volunteer their unique insight and knowledge of the world of work to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to thrive in employment.
Your mentor will give you advice and support on your CV, application forms, finding a job, interview technique and more. You will gain confidence and feel prepared to start your career of choice.
Sessions take place remotely (over telephone, email and/or video calls) and are flexible to your needs and aspirations.

Who can sign up to Steps Ahead Mentoring?

  • Aged 18-24
  • Currently unemployed
  • Resident in the UK with the right to work.
We ask that you are:
  • Reliable and committed to attending sessions, at the agreed time
  • Open to developing skills
  • Motivated and willing to accept constructive feedback
  • Work-ready, or ready for an employment alternative (for example, apprenticeship, traineeship, work placement)
  • Willing to dedicate time to follow up after sessions (for example, update CV, draft cover letter).


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