Careers Network Mentoring
Open to all undergraduate students.
This scheme aims to help students throughout their time at university. From adapting to the university lifestyle in your first year, to finding out where to take your university journey in your final year, this scheme allows you to sound out your career ideas with a professional mentor.
Mentoring is a unique opportunity that allows University of Birmingham students to enhance their experiences, by receiving one to one advice and guidance from a professional working in a particular sector. This can be a great way to understand how to succeed in this area and be better prepared for the working world beyond graduation.
It is about more than giving advice, it’s about motivating and empowering and helping the other person understand themselves and their aims – and how they can get there.
Mentoring is not counseling or therapy - though the mentor may help the mentee to access more specialised avenues of help if it becomes apparent that this would be the best way forward.
It is not an offer of employment or work experience nor will the mentor do the work for you, it is up to you to drive the relationship.
Mentoring is a great way to seek advice and guidance about the challenges of applying for work experience opportunities and graduate jobs in a particular area and then use this knowledge to help you find the career that suits you.
- Seek invaluable advice on how to utilise your time at university.
- Gain real insight into a sector and how to succeed.
- Build your contacts within a professional environment.
- Sound out your ideas and goals.
Our mentors have kindly volunteered their time to help you succeed after graduation. Most of our mentors are alumni and work in a range of different sectors. They understand what it is like to be a student and the difficulties that can arise from finding a job in a competitive market.
They want to help you explore your options and decide on the right career path for you!
We have mentors in a number of sectors and you can find out more about which careers you might be interested in from http://advice.milkround.com/sectors
As well as having UK based mentors in a range of sectors, we also have mentors located internationally. Key locations include Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.
To apply to gain a mentor, you need to submit your application form by the deadline date of Midnight on Sunday 13 November 2016.
Please note that when matching students to mentors this is done on a first come first served basis.
Once you have submitted your application form, we will review all of these and then let you know soon after the deadline date the outcome of your application form.
Please see the timeline below for information on the whole process.
For some key tips on the application form, check out our page on 'Top tips for your mentoring application'
- Deadline to submit your application: 13 November 2016
- Mentee induction training sessions: 21 November 2016 to 30 November 2016 (Only for successful students)
- Progress check points - we would like to find out how you are progressing with your mentor and will send these out during the initial stages and half-way through.
- Mentoring occurs from December 2016 to June 2017.
- Final evaluation - at the end of the scheme we would like to find out how you have benefited from being mentored and if there are improvements that can be made to our scheme.
- Celebration event - at the of the scheme we invite all mentors and mentees to celebrate their successes over the year.