Open to undergraduates in all years of study; this scheme enables you to apply for a mentor based on your desired career. The scheme gives you the option to view a range of industries/career types in which mentors are available – there are over 150 mentors in total across a range of career disciplines.
We are always recruiting new mentors - see the range of career types open for you to apply to.
The process of finding a suitable mentor is completed through the University’s mentoring system, Mentor Match Me. By completing an online profile, the system will automatically match you to mentors based on the information you have provided. You can also search through a list of mentors and then be able to send proposals to mentors asking them to be your mentor. The mentor will review these proposals and accept a student to be their mentee.
Therefore the information you provide on the form will be fundamental in deciding whether you move forward in the process. Please do some preparation and have a really good think about why you want to apply to the scheme, what you want to get out of it and how will it help you. Look back at the reasons to get involved in mentoring.
If you are still unsure, you may want to book an appointment with the Careers Network team to see if mentoring would be the best option for you.
Remember, a mentor from any career type can provide you with invaluable insight based on their professional and life experience.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying to the scheme, please see below for more details on the process this year:
Complete canvas course and registration form – Before you can apply, please complete our Introduction to Mentoring Canvas course and submit the registration form at the end. You will then receive your login details for the Mentor Match Me system and further information.
We strongly encourage you to submit your registration form ASAP so that your details can be imported into the system and you can then search for mentors that are still available.
All registration forms must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 28 November 2014.
Create your online profile.
Search for a mentor and submit a proposal directly to them.
All registered students must submit their first proposal by the deadline of midnight on Friday 28 November 2014.
Please note that students are able to submit three proposals to three different mentors. If your first proposal is not accepted (‘referred’) then please find another mentor and submit a proposal to them. If your second proposal is referred, you can only submit one more. If all three are not accepted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Please note that mentors should be responding by the end of November/beginning of December, so please do ensure you are checking your emails.
What happens next
Once you have successfully been accepted by a mentor, you will be required to attend an induction / preparation session going over some hints and tips on how to make the most of the mentoring experience.
After the induction it will be your responsibility to contact your mentor. You will also be asked to sign an agreement committing to the scheme and a level of appropriate behaviour.
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 or Skype. 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 organised by the University and Careers Network for mentors and mentees where you will have the chance to meet in person.
Hear from the students who have already taken part
"I had a fantastic mentor who gave me a lot of support and advice throughout the year. He allowed me to gain a greater insight into procurement and the retail industry in general, as well as general guidance and advice throughout the process. I found the entire mentor experience extremely beneficial and am very glad I took part in it" Bethan, BSc International Business
"I have only positive things to say about the mentoring scheme. I was so taken aback by how successful my mentor was and how Birmingham University played a part in their success. My mentor and I are still in touch and schedule skype chats, I have learnt so much valuable information from her and she is always so extremely helpful and willing to make time for me when she has the craziest work schedule. I could not ask for more and are astounded by my mentor's dedication to her role in mentoring me. She is a fantastic mentor who enthusiastically provides advice on anything. I feel like Careers Network made a great match with my mentor and I!" Katrina, BA Drama and Theatre Arts
"The mentoring scheme has been a great success. I have learnt a lot and gathered new ideas and perspectives of medicine that I did not have before. I would advise anyone considering applying for the mentoring scheme to do so." Liam, Year 2 Medicine
"I have very much enjoyed the mentor scheme and have found it very useful to be put in contact with someone in my potential profession... I would recommend anyone to join the student mentor scheme who is unsure of what to do in the future, for guidance or answers to specific questions within a field. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend to everyone." Heather, BSc Physiotherapy
"My mentor gladly and actively listened, giving me valuable feedback which not only will be useful in the future, but it has already paid off during the academic year." Ioana, BA Political Science and Sociology
If you have any other questions about the scheme then please get in touch with Dilveena Sokhi, via email at email@example.com or by telephone at 0121 414 6133.