Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) and Fruits in Suits (FinS) collaborate again this year in organising the 6th Mentorship Programme, with the primary goal of establishing a platform for LGBTI university students, or supportive allies, and mentors who are experienced working professionals to interact on a career level. This will involve mentors giving guidance to their mentees in respect of career development, including job applications and interviews, or giving insights about their work experiences in the sector(s) in which they have served or are serving.
As our target participants for the Mentorship Programme would be from the LGBTI friendly community, it would be a great opportunity to discuss LGBTI related issues especially those related to the workplace which we believe would be fruitful to both mentors and mentees. In the past years, we had the majority of mentees from HKU and they were appreciative of having an outlet with someone as accomplished and experienced professional like our mentors and receiving career advice, and some mentor-and-mentee relationships have evolved deeply into long lasting work connections.This year, we have mentors from a broad range of fields of profession which would help accommodate students with different career aspirations. Mentors are working in different departments at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Sussie, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Statestreet, Nomura, Bloomberg, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Skadden, Davis Polk, Ralph Lauren, LVMH etc.
The matching exercise would be undertaken based on the profession of the mentor and the academic major or stated preference of the mentee. Hence, we highly suggest our mentees to indicate their preference of mentors clearly during registration to suit their career goals. This matching rationale would be subject to the number of available mentors and mentees in the relevant field. Commitment for the Mentorship Programme will run from this month to May 2016. Alongside the launch event on November 10 at Goldman Sachs, which will be ideally the first occasion for mentors and mentees to meet, we highly suggest our mentees to actively discuss any career matters with their mentors over dinners, coffees, or maybe an outing day at least twice over the period according to the mentee’s career agenda.
All HKU students who are part of or friendly to sexual minorities are welcome to join. If you are interested, please sign up at:
Please also find below the details of the launch event:
Date: November 10, 2015 (Tuesday)
Venue: Goldman Sachs 59th Floor, Cheung Kong Center, 2 Queen’s Road Central
Attire: Business casual