Would you like to gain an insight or advice into a particular career or industry and receive professional guidance on your own development? If the answer is yes, then the Careers Network Mentoring Scheme is for you. The scheme allows you to be mentored by a University of Birmingham graduate to help you develop important skills and take advantage of opportunities.
Applications now closed
Applications for the scheme for 2013-2014 are now closed.
What happens next
If you are shortlisted you will then be required to attend an induction session; this will be your chance to ask any further questions about the scheme or your mentor.
“I found the induction useful in helping me understand how the mentoring process works and also made me feel more confident in being able to approach my mentor.”
After the induction you will be given your mentor's details and it will be your responsibility to contact them. You will also be asked to sign an agreement committing to the scheme and a level of appropriate behavior.
Mentors have agreed, as a minimum, to mentoring sessions once a month for the rest of the academic year (where this is not the case you will be advised beforehand) and these sessions can take place face to face, over the telephone or via email. This contact will depend on the agreement between you and your mentor. However, we do ask that you attempt to meet your mentor face to face once or twice during the scheme where possible.
There will also be events organized by the university and Careers Network for mentors and mentees where you will have the chance to meet in person.
About the mentors
There are over 150 mentors on the scheme and they all are knowledgeable professionals, some are recent graduates and others more advanced in their careers. They have a variety of career backgrounds relating to all degree disciplines and can therefore offer a wealth of expertise that can help you get ahead when you graduate.
Mentors will be matched as close as possible to your career interest and aspirations; however, where this is not possible, mentors will still be able to provide motivation and support to you and you will still need to commit fully to the scheme.
Some mentors are also located internationally and where this is the case we will look at providing you with Skype access.
Hear from the students who have already taken part
"My mentor helped me to do a cover letter and gave me advice on my CV from an employer’s perspective." Livia, Money Banking and Finance student
"My mentor has given me an insight into the legal profession and offered invaluable advice on CVs, applications and how you go from Birmingham undergraduate to legal professional." Alice, History student
"The greatest piece of advice my mentor gave me was to follow my heart, because there’s no going back." Adeola, Law with Business Studies student
"My mentor was very helpful, easy to talk to and always willing to help." Glenn, Chemical Engineering student
"As a result of the mentoring programme I felt supported in my studies and more assured in my choice of degree." Caroline, medical student
Hear from some of last year’s mentors
"I have to say that my job as a mentor was made easier by having such a fantastic mentee. I was able to give advice on improving his CV as well as giving pointers in terms of what interviewers and assessment panels look for, it was more a case of shaping and articulating these attributes in a style and format that is appropriate for a professional career and applying for jobs." Ilyas, an economist, mentored Sean, an Economics and Political Science student
Who can apply
The mentoring scheme is open to students from any year of undergraduate study.
Why should you apply?
Gain first hand career insights and industry know how
An opportunity to explore career options
An invaluable experience that can benefit your future career
Enhance your own professional development and employability skills
Build a professional network
If you have any other questions about the scheme then please get in touch with Angela Skitt, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 0121 414 6009.