What is The Tamarisk Initiative?

It is a 6-month long workplace mentoring programme designed to match university students with working professionals in similar industry fields for the students’ holistic development and to facilitate smoother university-to-work transitions.

The Tamarisk Initiative is named after the tamarisk tree, a tree that requires special care to grow well. It takes time to grow, but when it does, it provides year-round shade, air and sustenance for generations to come. The Tamarisk Initiative is so named as it is a programme designed for the development of future workplace leaders with the support of the present generation.

What is the Programme Format like?

During the 6-month mentorship period, mentors and mentees will connect with each other twice a month, with at least 1 session in 2 months done face-to-face. Each session lasts for 30mins to 1 hour.

During the sessions, mentees are free to raise workplace challenges and mentors will guide mentees in developing specific workplace attitudes and skills.

Through industry research and interviews conducted, The Tamarisk Initiative team has also consolidated a list of common workplace issues faced by fresh graduates and resources that can be used to support the mentoring process.

Who can join as mentees?

University undergraduates or fresh graduates who:

  • have 1 year or less of full-time working experience or are starting internships.
  • are active student / youth leaders.
  • able to commit to the mentoring period of 6 months, with 2 contact sessions of 30mins to 1 hour per month (12 sessions in total).
  • once shortlisted, will go through a round of interview before final selection of mentees.

Who are the Mentors?

Working professionals who have:

  •  7 or more years of work experience.
  • a desire to “pay it forward” and share their wisdom and experience through mentoring a younger person.

We hope to have you as part of The Tamarisk Initiative! Thank you!

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