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Careers and Employability Service

Career Mentoring Programme

Learn from the experts and get industry insight from a mentor.

Applications for the Career Mentoring Programme 2018/19 are now open! 

Increase your chances of being matched to a Career Mentor and get ahead for the next academic year: Apply now to have a mentor in October.  See the 'Apply now' tab below for more information.

Did you know that having a professional mentor can increase your chances of getting a graduate job after University? You can gain invaluable knowledge and experience from a mentor especially chosen for you to support your transition into the graduate job market.

We aim to match you with a mentor from a career sector that interests you. You will work with your mentor to develop your knowledge and career planning. To be matched with a mentor, you will need to complete a mentoring application form and attend a compulsory training session.

Alongside our main Career Mentoring Programme, we offer three other opportunities to receive support which may suit your needs:

• Career Contacts

• Business Mentoring

• Diversity Mentoring

Having a mentor has motivated me to keep thinking about my career and take positive steps towards work experience and applications. My mentor has been really enthusiastic and encouraging, as well as responsive to what I have wanted to get out of mentoring.

Benefits of Mentoring

Types of Mentoring

How the Programme Works

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Taking part in the Career Mentoring Programme has many benefits for both you and your mentor. These include:

• The opportunity to meet with someone who can help you get answers to questions you may have about the “world of work”

• Tailored career planning plus help and insight into specific industries

• A mentor who can advise on how to increase employability skills and where to go for help with developing your career

• Increased confidence and other key employability skills learned from experienced people

The Career Mentoring Programme is open to undergraduate, postgraduate and recently graduated students.

In addition to our main Career Mentoring Programme, we also offer additional types of mentoring:

Career Contacts

If you would like to ask a one off question, one of our Career Contacts can help. You will not need to complete an application form, you will just need to submit the Career Contact Form found in 'Useful Downloads' below.

Business Mentoring

Are you looking to set up your own business or develop entrepreneurial skills? You can request to be matched with a Business 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?:

  • BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic)
  • Care Leavers
  • Disabilities
  • First student in family to go to University
  • LGBT+

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


Early applications open at the end of the summer term for the beginning of the following academic year. All applications to the Career Mentoring Programme close on 31st January. We run training sessions 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.

Once you are matched you can then start your mentoring relationship. This typically lasts one academic year, however some mentors and mentees choose to carry their relationship over to a second year.

The mentoring relationships are flexible to suit you and your mentor. The amount of times you meet is determined between you and your mentor once you start the relationship.

Our dedicated Career Mentoring Team will support you through the training, matching process and the mentoring relationship. Our mentors are from a wide range of occupational areas.

Mentoring Programme Cycle

1 - Online application form:

Applications for the academic year 2018/19 are now open. If you would like to have a mentor from October, perhaps to help with career planning or applications for internships and placements, you can apply now and attend training at the end of term.  We will then aim to match you with a mentor over the summer* so you can begin the programme at the start of the next academic year.  Apply and book training through MyCareer here.  The applications will remain open over the summer and autumn until the end of January each year.

Matching runs from September to February, with training sessions for mentees and mentors held in October to January.

2 - Attend a training session:

We think it is important that both mentors and mentees attend training sessions. It acts as an introduction to our Programme and is a good opportunity for you to meet the Mentoring team and other mentees/mentors. During the session we will also provide you with the information and some of the tools that will help you during your mentoring relationship.

If you apply during the early applications period you will need to attend a training session at the end of term in order to be matched with a mentor for October.  If you cannot attend training at the end of term your application will remain valid so that you can attend a training session from October to February.  We will then match you with a mentor as soon as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: If you attended a mentoring training session in 2017/18 you do not need to attend a further training session in 2018/19, however, you are welcome to attend if you would find a refresher helpful.  Please note that we will check to see if you have previously attended a training session when processing your mentoring application.

3 - Mentee (student) training dates and times:

Early training will be held in June.  Other training sessions are held on multiple dates in October through to February on Highfield Campus.  Once the training dates have been arranged for the next academic year you will be able to book a training session via MyCareer after completing the online application form.

The training dates this term for early applications are:

Wednesday 6 June 10:00 - 11:00

Monday 11 June 11:00 - 12:00

Wednesday 13 June 15:00 - 16:00

*We cannot guarantee that we will be able to match you with a suitable mentor straight away.  Once you have completed training we will match you as soon as possible.

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

Telephone: 023 8059 3501


Mentoring Coordinator: Victoria Shawley


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