The role of the industry mentors is to support undergraduates by giving them insight into their chosen career. They also assist with practical tips, offering advice in career matters and guidance in the transition from undergraduate to professionals.
The process enhances students’ creativity and problem-solving skills, thus, encouraging reflective learning and enabling mentees to identify their areas of personal and professional development and improve selfconfidence.
However, if a conducive environment is not created for both the mentor and mentee, internships can be perceived as a timewasting and costly exercise. This is one of the reasons this workshop was created.
During the event, industry mentors were given an overview of the tools needed to perform their roles effectively. Kwathiindje Hamunyela, a work-place mentor from IT Solutions CC, commended the initiative saying it is an effort to try and bridge the gap between the requirements in the industry and the output from the Institution.
Joel Eelu, the Deputy Head of the Computer Science Department and a NUST WIL coordinator said: “This platform gives mentors the platform to pose their challenges to us, so we know where and how to improve”. Eelu added that the industry partners also had the opportunity to interact with other mentors which helped them understand their roles better.“To meet the needs of both students and future employers, the University, industry and community need to collaborate and play a role in constantly improving academic programmes and aligning teaching and learning methodologies,” said Martha Namutuwa, an Industry Liason Officer at CEU.