The IMPACT Mentorship Programme aims to empower young women through a unique mentorship opportunity, offering key insights into the professional workplace and additional guidance through group events. This 8 week mentorship programme offers mentees support, guidance and insight into life as a woman in business, particularly within the FinTech industry.
On the programme, you will:
The IMPACT Mentorship Programme is suitable for young women who are currently studying or have recently graduated from any college/university degree path, with a keen interest in increasing their employability and an eagerness to gain a deeper understanding of working in the FinTech industry. Applications for our 2024 programme will open soon.
The IMPACT programme sees our colleagues from across the business provide one-to-one mentorship to the next generation of women in FinTech.
The IMPACT Programme offers 1:1 mentorship as well as bespoke group coaching and insight sessions to each of our student mentees. The initiative allows female students with an interest in the FinTech industry to benefit from the professional expertise, support and guidance of our colleagues to encourage each mentee to achieve their full potential.
Mentoring is a relationship in which an individual shares professional expertise, experience and support with a less experienced peer to enable that person to achieve their full potential.
We run IMPACT due to the exceptional demand from female students who are eager to progress a career in the FinTech industry but may not feel they have the confidence or skills to do so. Alongside our group coaching sessions, your dedicated mentor will equip you with the confidence, skills, insight and knowledge to drive your career ambitions.
IMPACT stands for Inspiring Motivated People About Careers in Technology.
Successful mentees will be assigned a dedicated First Derivative mentor. This is a unique opportunity for mentees to build a relationship with their mentor, who will share their professional expertise, experiences and will provide support to help a mentee achieve their full potential.
Mentees will also have the opportunity to network with like-minded students and colleagues from across our business, enabling mentees to expand their professional network.
Mentees will gain insight into life as a woman in STEM and a deeper understanding of the skills required to succeed in the FinTech industry.
Successful mentees will be required to commit to two hours per week, for the 8-week duration of the programme. Each week, mentees will participate in a group insight session or an individual mentor meeting.
It is safe to say that the IMPACT Programme exceeded all of my expectations. My dedicated mentor, Matthew, helped me to identify my unique strengths and goals while the wider group coaching sessions presented fresh perspectives and insights from professionals in the industry. The programme has allowed me to build a network of incredibly accomplished women. Equipped with newly acquired skills and confidence, I now look forward to my future career with excitement.
My time as a mentee within First Derivative’s IMPACT Mentorship Programme has truly been a pivotal point in my journey of finding a career path I wish to pursue. My mentor went above and beyond to provide me with first-hand knowledge from industry professionals, and gave me personalised advice and guidance. The group sessions also left me highly motivated and I can safely say that I have learnt so much about how to become the best version of myself!
In 9 weeks I have learnt so much and built new friendships. The 1:1 mentoring sessions combined with the group sessions have been so beneficial in providing me with invaluable advice and tips in boosting your employability and new ways to learn. It was inspiring to hear stories from successful women in tech and I learnt to say yes to any opportunity that comes your way! Participating in the programme has boosted my confidence and being able to connect with other mentees and share experiences is also a really enjoyable aspect of the programme.
IMPACT has been both inspiring and motivating. Hearing personal experiences of successful women and getting advice as well as having sessions dedicated to improving your CV, interview skills, confidence and many other things has been incredibly useful and profitable for your career.
It was so fantastic to be able to have a chat with women in the field. I learned how important it is to work for a company that supports women and how to develop skills now that will make my future applications stand out. The IMPACT programme has given me the opportunity to meet a fantastic network of like minded women, to attend insightful sessions which have allowed me to develop a wide range of new skills and to reflect on my career development and progression with the wonderful guidance from my mentor.
SiofraOver the past few months I have had the opportunity to participate as a mentor in the IMPACT Mentorship Programme. The process has been thoroughly enjoyable. I was paired with my student mentee Cara, and over the course of our one to one mentoring sessions we discussed a range of topics which I was able to provide guidance around including potential career paths in FinTech and consulting, employability skills and possible graduate roles and application advice. The mentoring process has been extremely rewarding and has allowed me reflect on my own career journey and progression while providing insight and advice to my mentee. The IMPACT Programme is a fantastic initiative and one I hope to continue to be involved with in future.