Have you ever wanted to pick the brains of someone who’s made a success of their career, and get their hints and tips? The University’s Mentoring schemes offer just that opportunity!

Having a mentor gives you an opportunity to develop professionally. You can actively learn from people that are in successful careers and pick up valuable insight about your future career path.

Reasons to get involved in mentoring

  • Insight into your chosen industry or career
  • Increased knowledge of what working in a certain sector involves
  • Information relating to the skills you need to develop
  • Ideas and strategies for developing these skills
  • Commitment to next development steps
  • Options for gaining experience to succeed in chosen sector
  • Consideration of new opportunities and directions
  • Building professional networks has directly helped students gain a job, internship or future placement
  • Personal development and reflection
  • Increased confidence

From a recent survey, mentoring has a significant impact on students’ confidence and knowledge resulting in students feeling better equipped to plan for, and achieve, their career goals.

How did they get there?

And how can they help you get to where you want to go? Wouldn’t it be great to know which route they took, what tools they used and how they overcame the challenges?

Schemes available

The University offers the following mentoring schemes to undergraduates:

Mentoring scheme

The Careers Network Mentoring Scheme is open to undergraduate students in all years. This scheme allows you to apply to mentors based on your desired career i.e. business, healthcare.

If you are alumni and interested in finding out more about volunteering to mentor a student, please look at our alumni information.

Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme (ALMP)

Open to all undergraduate penultimate year students and medical and dental students currently in their 3rd or 4th year. This programme is a fantastic way to gain advice from Birmingham graduates who are experts in their field. You can view each mentor’s profile and then you can choose which one you would like to apply to.

Graduate Mentoring

Open to undergraduate final year students who have never received a mentor and have no confirmed job after graduation. This scheme is designed to help you for 6 months after you graduate so that you can figure out how to start your career successfully and secure the right role for you.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) mentoring scheme

This 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.

Black and ethnic minority student peer mentoring scheme

Want to meet like-minded students and build a BME student network?