The LKY School is home to a diverse group of students from 40 over countries globally. This diversity at the School provides an enriching space where students can exchange invaluable personal and professional perspectives. As a team* of students pursuing the Leadership & Teamwork course, we decided to launch the LKY School Mentor & Mentee Pilot Programme to encourage students to build positive and collaborative learning relationships with their peers.
To understand the current needs of the LKY School student community, we started off with door-to-door surveys at College Green and distributed an online form where students were asked to express their expectations from a mentoring programme. Describing the initial responses to the pilot, Samuel Woodcock (MPM) from our team said: “Our market research indicated that students were definitely interested in the programme. It provided us with confidence that if we were to launch the pilot, people would support it.” Once students completed their online forms, the matching process began. During this process, we were struck by the breadth and depth of experience among students at the School. This discovery drove up the importance of creating a collaborative mentoring culture at the School so that early career professionals can benefit from the support of their senior peers.