Published on the 16/05/2023
> Launch year: 2021
> How many schools are currently making use of it?: 51 - 250
> Other tags: Is informed by research, Is funded by government, Free of cost
> Country: FranceDownload PDF
Developed within the Connect to Your Future equal opportunity programme for disadvantaged territories, the E-Mentoring program students are helped to register and properly prepare for their mentor application. The student registers for E-Mentoring directly on the platform by filling out a form. In the form, they select the type of support they would like to receive. This might include a study and career exploration project, a search for an internship, or support for the Parcoursup PFM which is the application process for post-secondary education in France. Students then write a summary of their current situation and their expectations. Thereafter, they can access all the platform's features: orientation tests, videos with testimonials from professionals, advice sheets on various subjects, internships, and work-study offers. They also can contact via the messaging service of the platform the many volunteer professionals registered on JobIRL.com (a network that includes over 115,000 registrants including 7,300 volunteer professionals who are happy to be approached to provide career advice to young people aged 14 and over).
Students also have access to resources created especially for mentees based on the three types of support. As soon as they enter a mentoring relationship, their mentor contacts them first via the platform. They can then exchange information on the platform by sending each other documents as attachments in the messaging space. Throughout the mentoring process, the mentor refers the young person to online resources on JobIRL.com: quizzes, special reports, live job videos, etc.
Description of technology
The JobIRL E-Mentoring platform has been developed in PHP.
The forthcoming mobile application will also include note-taking tools and tasks to pace the exchanges. The mobile application will also integrate a messaging service, video conferencing and a calendar function.
How the resource makes career guidance more effective, efficient and/or equitable for students
Through E-Mentoring, a young person can benefit from the advice of an experienced professional who helps him or her to plan for the future. JobIRL puts the young person in touch with a professional who works in the employment sector he or she would like to join. In this way, the young person can discover professions that he or she would not have thought of, broaden his or her field of possibilities and think beyond the preconceived notions that he or she may have of certain professions. Thanks to their mentor, mentees gain self-confidence and ask themselves more questions about their professional future, which allows them to actively choose a career path for themselves rather than base their decisions on assumptions and social expectations. Moreover, E-Mentoring allows all young people, even those located in rural areas, to exchange with professionals in the sector of economic activity they wish to join, wherever they are in France.