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Career Mentoring Programme

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Applications for the Career Mentoring Programme 2020/21 are now open!

Increase your chances of being matched to a Career Mentor by applying early. See the 'Apply now' tab below for more information.

Taking part in the Career Mentoring Programme has many benefits. These include:

Mark Jeavons, a recent Career Mentoring Programme participant, talks about his experience in the short video below. If you would prefer to access the text, you can download the document ‘Mark’s Experience' at the bottom of this page.

Within the Career Mentoring Programme, we offer the option of two specific opportunities to receive support which may suit your needs:

More students should take part in this programme. It's not about getting a job, but really about knowing more about one's potential and creating a plan to develop it.

Applications open in the summer term for the beginning of the following academic year. All applications to the Career Mentoring Programme close on Sunday 31 January 2021

We run training for both mentees and mentors to ensure that you are well prepared for the mentoring relationship. As soon as our individual mentors and mentees have received training, we can start matching you together. For the 2020/21 academic year, all training will be delivered online.

Once you are matched you can arrange to start working with your mentor. This typically lasts one academic year, however some mentors and mentees choose to continue for a second year. The number of times you meet is determined between you and your mentor once you start, however we would recommend you have contact at least four times throughout the academic year, of which a minimum of two contacts should be video calls. Due to COVID-19, meeting face-to-face will not be a requirement this academic year.

Our dedicated Career Mentoring Team will support you through the training, matching process and the mentoring relationship.


Career Mentoring Programme Timeline

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Within the Career Mentoring Programme, we also offer two additional pathways:

Enterprise Mentoring

Are you looking to set up your own business or develop entrepreneurial skills? You can request to be matched with an Enterprise Mentor who will be able to provide specialist advice around self-employment and enterprise.

Diversity Mentoring

Would you like a mentor who has personal experience from one or more of the following groups?

  • Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Care Leaver
  • Disability
  • First person in family to go to University
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBTQ+)
  • Women

We can offer the opportunity for tailored mentoring with one of our Diversity Mentors.

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1 - Online application form:

The Career Mentoring Programme is open to undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates - up to a year after graduation.

Applications for the academic year 2020/21 are now open. Apply by clicking the button below. All applications to the Career Mentoring Programme close on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Once you have applied, you will need to complete online training in order to be matched with a mentor.

2 – Complete online training:

We think it is important that both mentors and mentees complete training before they are matched. It acts as an introduction to our Programme will provide you with the information and some of the resources that will help you during your mentoring relationship.

This year, all training will be completed remotely and you will be able to do this in your own time. You will be asked to read through our ‘Career Mentoring Programme Training Slides’ and complete a short quiz. You will also have the option of attending a Q&A session if you have any further questions.

We recommend that you complete the training as soon as possible in order to have the best chance of being matched with a mentor from your chosen field.

PLEASE NOTE: If you attended a mentoring training session in 2019/20, you do not need to complete further training in 2020/21, however, you are welcome to attend if you would find a refresher helpful.

3 - Training details:

When you have submitted your application the programme, you will be sent the training material by email within one week. Once you have completed the training quiz you will be eligible to be matched.

Our optional Career Mentoring Programme Q&A sessions will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and will be running on the following dates:

Book on through the MyCareer events page.

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If you would like to find out more about mentoring, please contact us:

Telephone: 023 8059 3501


Mentoring Coordinator: Bethan Moore


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