Gain career insight with mentoring

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. For any queries please email

What is mentoring?

Mentoring 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. It's also about helping each other resolve issues, whether directly or more often through advice and sharing experiences.

Our mentors have kindly volunteered their time to help you with your career development. We have asked mentors to offer at least one hour a month, but please note this may vary depending on their work schedule. 

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.

Benefits for you

Student mentees:

  • Gain real insight into your chosen sector or career
  • Build your contacts within a professional environment
  • Sound out your ideas and goals
  • Meet fellow students with a similar strive to succeed at university and beyond graduation
  • Seek advice on developing your skill set
  • PSA points! By taking part in our mentoring schemes you can gain points towards your Personal Skills Award


  • Gain a new perspective from a Birmingham student
  • Rewarding experience knowing that your advice has helped a student progress
  • Your mentee can offer support to your business, whilst being mentored, showing that mentoring is a two-way process.
  • Click here for more information and to register as a mentor 

Student Mentoring Schemes - open in 2017-18 academic year

Our schemes are designed to help you reach your own goals by receiving invaluable advice from an experienced mentor. 

Careers Network Mentoring scheme

Re-opens to all undergraduate students in September 2017.

This scheme allows you to apply to mentors based on your desired career and seek invaluable advice throughout your time at university. Read about the Careers Network Mentoring scheme.

Mentors are allocated on a first come first served basis, so apply as early as possible!


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Re-opens to all students in September 2017.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) scheme matches students with employers across a range of occupations in Birmingham to get advice on how to be happy and fulfilled as an "out" LGBT employee. Read about the LGBT Mentoring scheme.



Alumni Leadership Mentoring scheme

Re-opens to all students in Spring 2018.

ALMP is open to undergraduate penultimate year students and medical and dental science students currently in their third or fourth year.

This programme is a fantastic way to gain advice from Birmingham graduates who are leading experts in their field. Read about the Alumni Leadership Mentoring scheme.

Graduate Mentoring Scheme

Re-opens to final year undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in Spring 2018. 

This scheme aims to help students transition from university into employment. Read about the Graduate Mentoring scheme.