The scheme focuses on helping students with careers and disability related job-search/employment issues. This is not an academic mentoring scheme. Mentors support students with careers decision making, brainstorming, and strategising and can share their own experiences of being a disabled graduate entering the workplace.
Mentees must be able to commit to a one hour meeting with their mentors once every three weeks. These meetings will take place at a mutually convenient location face to face. In special circumstances meetings may take place by phone or video call.
Key Application Dates
- Applications open Monday 30 September
- Deadline for applications is Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 5pm
- Interviews take place w/c 14 October
- Launch event will take place Tuesday 29 October in the evening on campus
It is mandatory that selected mentees take part in the whole scheme which will run from 29th October 2019 to mid-June 2020.
This year's mentors
Please note this is a selection of this year’s mentors and not the comprehensive list:
Amena has a BA in English Literature from The University of Warwick and a Masters of Public Administration from the LSE and is currently working as an International Adviser with the Department for International Development.
Previous experiences in government include working on Brexit; assisting the Minister for Pensions; and supporting the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on their digital agenda. Before undertaking her Masters Amena worked in Jordan for HRH Prince Al Hassan bin Talal whilst studying Arabic
Anazia graduated from LSE in 2014, with a BSc in Accounting and Finance. She started her career at KPMG Corporate Finance in the M&A team, working on a range of transactions. She is currently a Corporate Business Development Manager at Comcast NBCUniversal working on M&A / Strategy and most recently on the Sky transaction. Anazia is looking forward to supporting her mentee through the process of choosing their career path and hope to offer advice/tips she has learnt from her own experiences.
Dinara studied Politics and German for her BA. She spent a year working for an NGO before completing her MSc at the LSE in Gender, Development and Globalisation. She studied part-time while working for a renewable energy start up. Upon completion of the MSc, Dinara started working for PwC and obtained the Chartered Accountant qualification. She is currently on a break before taking up a post with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Forensic Accountant.
After spending 4 years at LSE on a 3 year degree (euphemistically known as an ‘AU degree’ in his day) and, having learnt from previous failed applications, Ed disclosed his disability and joined the Civil Service Fast Stream, as a specialist Digital and Technology Fast Streamer.
He spent over 7 years in the Civil Service, with roles in HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office and FSA. Having spent nearly 2 years leading a team responsible for the digital transformation of the FSA, he was keen to broaden his horizons and build upon his skill sets outside of the public sector. He took up a position at a company director at a telecoms consultancy, and now leads the Operations team delivering fibre optics connectivity for large corporate real estate across the UK.
In his spare time (which does occasionally occur!) he enjoys cycling, bouldering, sailing and socialising with a glass or two of wine.
Katy read law at LSE and graduated in 2013. After graduating she worked at Balfour Beatty Investments, in the legal team, supporting on a range of projects. She then completed a summer internship at Barclays, before joining the graduate scheme in Compliance, where she has had exposure to the investment bank and the retail bank. With experience in the legal sector (private practice and in-house) and banking, Katy is happy to provide advice and guidance in those industries.
In Katy’s spare time she plays netball for Barclays, participates in Toastmasters (a speech giving club) and is a member of the bank’s Women’s Network Committee.
Mark graduated in 2015 with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics. He joined the Shell graduate scheme, where he gained his CIMA qualification whilst undertaking a range of Finance roles in Aberdeen, London and Manila. He now works in an insuretech startup, providing reporting and insights to the board and senior management. Mark has bipolar disorder and was the Disabled Students' Officer on LSESU for a year. He is very keen to share his experiences, especially around disclosure and overcoming setbacks
Oli studied Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester before doing a range of jobs in the Third and public sectors. After ten years out of full-time education he did a MSc in Social Policy and Planning at the LSE. He then worked for a homelessness charity before joining the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2018 as a Policy Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care. Oli has had a diagnosis of anxiety and depression since he was 21 and has found being open about it within the Civil Service to have been an entirely positive experience. He hopes he can encourage others that the support is out there if they struggle with poor mental health and reassure them that having a diagnosis doesn't have to stop them pursuing their goals.
Olivia currently works as a management consultant at PwC London. Having read Politics at Durham and Organisational Behaviour in LSE, Olivia found out she loves to solve problems working with people. Since her diagnosis with Dyslexia and hip dysplasia, she is keen to be the sounding board and share her experience as much as she can to help those with similar experience.
Joanna graduated from LSE with a BSc in Social Policy and started her first job at Amazon as an Investigation Specialist. She went on to accept an internship at LSE as an Intern in the Student Services Centre in March 2016 and in March 2017 was offered a job as Student Services Adviser. In July 2017 she joined LSE Careers as Student Enquiries Coordinator. Joanna is looking forward to becoming a mentor; passing on her experiences and providing support.
Tony is a London professional with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia currently working in one of the UKs top graduate schemes. Since graduating he has worked in a range of office based jobs in the public, third and private sectors. He knows full well the challenges neurodiverse people face in the modern workplace, and has had to overcome a number of these himself. He is happy provide advice and support others who have had a similar experience, and hopefully should have some useful strategies to help you negotiate through the recruitment processes of Britain’s pickiest employers.