Mentoring scheme

Open to undergraduates in all years of study, in this scheme you can 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.

Applications now closed

Applications for the scheme for 2013-2014 are now closed; it will re-open for 2014-2015 in the autumn.

How to apply

Applying for the scheme is very straightforward via an on-line application form. 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.

To help you even further, you can select up to three career types to apply to. Please make sure you are happy with your three choices, as if we are unable to match you with your first choice, we will go to your second or third.

Remember, a mentor from any career type can provide you with invaluable insight based on their professional and life experience.

Extra application support available

Remember, you can book an appointment with the Careers Network team if you need any support with your application.

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.

Overview

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

More information

If you have any other questions about the scheme then please get in touch with Kam Manku, via email at mentoring@contacts.bham.ac.uk or by telephone at 0121 415 9027.