18th July 2013, 8:52am
Mentoring scheme pays dividends for financial advisor
Employability Mentoring Scheme A talented student has secured a full-time job with a financial services firm thanks to an innovative partnership between the University of Lincoln and the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia.

Lee Miers, who will graduate this September from the University of Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Business Studies programme with first class honours, has secured a role with Adams Financial Services in Welton, Lincolnshire, after taking part in the University’s Employability Mentoring Scheme.

Hosted by the University’s bespoke Careers and Employability Team, and launched in partnership with the Lincoln Business School and Senior Lecturer Paula OBrien, the mentoring scheme involves Rotarians and local business representatives meeting regularly with second year students to discuss career and employment aspirations. The Rotary Club also supports a ‘mock interview’ programme, which helps students to prepare for interviews with prospective employers.

Lee began working with Rotarian Peter Harrold, Independent Financial Advisor at Adams Financial Services, in 2011. Since then he has continued to undertake weekly work experience placements with the company, which contributed towards his coursework and final dissertation.

Speaking about his appointment, Lee said: “I am delighted to have been offered a role with Adams Financial Services. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Peter and the team as part of the mentoring scheme, and the experience I have gained has been invaluable. Now I am looking forward to graduating in September and beginning my career with the company.”

Peter Harrold said: “Here at Adams Financial Services we are pleased to welcome Lee on board. Over the course of the mentoring scheme, he has become a very competent Para planner and has proved himself to be a great asset to the team. I am confident he will make an excellent financial advisor.”

At the University of Lincoln, the Employability Mentoring Scheme is just one of a variety of opportunities on offer to students, graduates and businesses. It is designed to increase the employability of graduates, contribute to the local economy, raise the profile of local companies and nurture potential employees of the future. The scheme matches students with mentors who have real business experience, to support them in preparing for the transition from education to the work place.

Mark Stow, Careers and Employability Services Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “The University's Careers and Employability Team recognises that we have a wealth of expertise in our extensive employer networks that can add value to our work, and we have therefore developed strong partnerships with organisations such as the Rotary Club. These are a powerful resource as they provide our students and graduates with important advice direct from the employer. We are incredibly grateful for the good will of all involved - thanks to Peter, Roger and the Rotary Club for their on-going support and congratulations to Lee on his success.”

Rotarian Roger Hall pioneered the Rotary Club’s active involvement in the scheme four years ago. He said: “Lee’s success shows the benefit of developing links with universities, not only for students, but for Rotary, the university and the business involved. I am delighted that our Town and Gown initiative has paid dividends – congratulations Lee.”

Businesses can contact careers@lincoln.ac.uk or call 01522 837828 to discuss opportunities including mentoring, advertising vacancies, graduate recruitment consultancy and careers fair attendance.
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