Move forward 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.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is where one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to help another progress in their own life and career. 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.
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
- 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.
Student Mentoring Schemes
Careers Network offer three mentoring schemes to undergraduate students. Our schemes are designed to help you reach your own goals by receiving invaluable advice from an experienced mentor.
Open to all undergraduate students.
This scheme allows you to apply to mentors based on your desired career and seek invaluable advice throughout your time at university.
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.
Open to final year undergraduate students.
This scheme aims to help final year students who have no prior mentoring experience and are yet to secure a job or seek further study after graduation.
The University also offers the following mentoring schemes:
Open to all students.
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.
This scheme provides an opportunity for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students to meet and network with successful BME business and community leaders in Birmingham. Visit the Facebook page.