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Anyone worked as a college Learning Mentor or similar?

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yorkshapudding Sat 16-Apr-16 09:36:47

I am currently an NHS Mental Health Nurse and work exclusively with children and adolescents. I've posted before about how the huge increases in workload and the level of risk and complexity we're expected to manage combined with lack of support, dwindling resources and unsafe staff numbers was starting to impact on my health.

The bottom line is I need to get out before I have a breakdown.

I've seen a job advertised for a Learning Mentor at a local college, the job description is vague but there is a focus on "supporting students who are vulnerable and/or have challenging behaviour".

I figured this might be a good option as it would hopefuly allow me to use some of my existing skills and I would still be working with young people, which I very much enjoy. The hours will be good for once DD starts school (35 hours pw, term time only) and it's a much shorter commute than I have now. Through my current role I have heard that this college has a good reputation, not only academically but for supporting young people with ASD and MH issues.

I don't know anyone in RL who has done this job and although I spend a lot of time working in/with secondary schools in my current role and have a pretty good understanding of what their Pastoral staff do, I have never worked in a college environment. I would love to hear from anyone who can give me some idea of what the day to day reality of the work might involve, whether there are any opportunities for progression and whether I am right in thinking that my mental health nursing skills would be transferable. How does working in a college differ from working in a secondary school environment?

I realise this might be a long shot but has anyone worked in a similar pastoral-type role in a college and can shed some light on this?

Thanks smile

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