Top tips for your Alumni Leadership Mentoring application

When applying to the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme, your application form is a great way to showcase all your experiences at University and why you believe a mentor will help your future career.

Below are some things to consider when writing your application form. If you would like more in-depth knowledge about writing a successful application form in general, which will also be helpful for this mentoring programme, please have a look at our Careers Network Apply Yourself: Application Forms Canvas Course.

Key hints and tips:

  • Read through the application form and copy and paste the questions into a word document so that you can complete these in your own time. Check your word count and use spell check!
  • Research your chosen mentors - Google them! View all of our mentors profiles.
  • Apply as soon as possible - don't wait until the deadline when exams start, take a revision break and submit the application form so you don't miss out on a great mentor in your final year!
  • Book an appointment with an Applications Advisor to ensure you submit a good application form and CV.
  • Keep a copy of your form. If you are shortlisted, your application will be referred to in your interview.

Research the programme and mentors

Read more about the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme to get a better insight into what mentoring is about and what you can gain.

Spend time looking through all of our mentors profiles on the website and search for them on the internet to find out more about their career background. This will enable you to choose the ones that you will benefit the most from.

In your application form, we will ask you to choose up to three mentors and ask for your reasons why for each mentor. Be sure to do thorough research on all these mentors and provide a clear set of reasons.

Understand the benefits of mentoring for you

Mentoring is about facilitating the relationship to learn as much as possible to benefit your personal and professional development. 

Visit our What is mentoring? page. 

Understand what makes a successful mentoring relationship

The mentee drives the mentoring relationship, which allows them to steer this in the direction that suits them. 

By being a mentee on this scheme, this will be a great way for you to gain skills on managing a professional relationship, managing your time and ensuring you achieve what you set out to do initially. This could be in terms of confidence, sector knowledge and insight into sourcing and being successful with work experience opportunities.

Consider what makes you the ideal candidate such as your core skill set that you have developed at university and how this can be transferred to this mentoring programme.  

In order to achieve this you need to understand the different perspectives of a mentoring relationship. Visit The mentoring relationship page to find out more. 

Identify your skills/ support

Think about the key skills needed for this programme and in particular, why you would make a good mentee. See the section on what makes a successful mentoring relationship for more information.  

Ask yourself why

Throughout the mentoring journey, we will be looking for students who are committed to making the most out of this unique opportunity. We don’t expect your whole career to be mapped out, but be prepared to commit to your future through this programme. If you’re lucky enough to know where you want to be, then ensure you demonstrate how a mentor will help you get there.

One of the questions in the application form will be about why you would like to apply to this programme. From the research you do about mentoring, this will help you to identify your reasons. Furthermore the benefits of the scheme and the goals you hope to achieve by being mentored will help with this questions. 

To find out more from past mentees visit our mentoring blog

 

Provide your evidence

The reasons that you give about why you would make a good mentee should be supported with an example that you may have demonstrated whilst at University or during some work experience. It is not just about your prior experience but the commitment and motivation you have maybe gained from this, that you can apply to this programme.  

Examples may be from your:

  • Degree - examples can include researching, planning, working on group projects, designing and delivering presentations. 
  • Extra-curricular activities - examples can include organising events, raising funds or persuading employers to get involved. 
  • Work Experience (paid or unpaid) - examples can include providing a high level of customer service, taking on additional responsibilities, dealing with data accurately.

Think about how you intend to use the experience of mentoring to move your career ideas forward. Mentoring is a long term process, it involves reflecting on your experiences, listening to your mentor and then putting the advice into practice. 

Be specific in what areas you are keen to have a mentor from and try to focus on job areas instead of broad sectors. 

Provide as much information as possible to make it clear what you hope to achieve and to enable us to match you to the right mentor for you. 

 

Make it bulletproof

Make sure you check your application thoroughly and think about the following:

  • Does it read well?
  • Have you checked your answers?
  • Have you tailored your answers to the questions?
  • Have you thought about the reader?

Check grammar and spelling to ensure you are creating the most positive impression and demonstrate that you have paid attention to detail.

Also keep a copy of your form so you have this for reference if you are successfully matched on the scheme.