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
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?
The University offers the following mentoring schemes to undergraduates:
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.
Alumni leadership mentoring scheme
Open to all penultimate year students entering their final year, plus fourth and fifth year medics and dentists, this scheme allows you to apply to specific mentors from across a range of career disciplines. You can view each mentor's profile and then decide which one you would like to apply to.
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?