Altered Positions - A Study on Expectations and Experiences of Career Mentoring in Higher Education

24 October 2014

Author: Kavita Hayton, University of Southampton

This thesis proposes that the theory of 'readiness for mentoring' is worthy of expansion and this expansion can add to the field of knowledge on mentoring. The findings are based on analysis of relationships in the Design Buddy mentoring scheme, created by the South West Design Forum, which uses local creative arts business volunteers as mentors who are paired with design students by their tutors.

The literature and the findings of this thesis support the concept, that in shaping a career identity, the career holder also develops a parallel readiness for experiencing career events. The concept of readiness was developed further, in relation to creative arts career mentoring, specifically in order to understand how the experiences and expectations of the individual student impacted on mentoring.

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