1. Understand the benefits of mentoring for you
Mentoring is about facilitating the relationship to learn as much as possible to benefit your personal and professional development.
Visit our What is mentoring? page.
2. Understand what makes a successful mentoring relationship
The mentee drives the mentoring relationship, which allows them to steer this in the direction that suits them.
By being a mentee on this scheme, this will be a great way for you to gain skills on managing a professional relationship, managing your time and ensuring you achieve what you set out to do initially. This could be in terms of confidence, sector knowledge and insight into sourcing and being successful with work experience opportunities.
Consider what makes you the ideal candidate such as your core skill set that you have developed at university and how this can be transferred to this mentoring programme.
In order to achieve this you need to understand the different perspectives of a mentoring relationship. Visit The mentoring relationship page to find out more.
3. Ask yourself why
Throughout the mentoring journey we will be looking for students who are committed to making the most out of this unique opportunity. We don’t expect your whole career to be mapped out but be prepared to commit to your future through this programme. If you’re lucky enough to know where you want to be, then ensure you demonstrate how a mentor will help you get there.
One of the questions in the application form will be about why you would like to apply to this programme. From the research you do about mentoring, this will help you to identify your reasons. Furthermore the benefits of the scheme and the goals you hope to achieve by being mentored will help with this questions.
To find out more from past mentees visit our mentoring blog.
4. Provide your evidence
The reasons that you give about why you would make a good mentee should be supported with an example that you may have demonstrated whilst at University or during some work experience. It is not just about your prior experience but the commitment and motivation you have maybe gained from this, that you can apply to this programme.
Examples may be from your:
- Degree - examples can include researching, planning, working on group projects, designing and delivering presentations.
- Extra-curricular activities - examples can include organising events, raising funds or persuading employers to get involved.
- Work Experience (paid or unpaid) - examples can include providing a high level of customer service, taking on additional responsibilities, dealing with data accurately.
Think about how you intend to use the experience of mentoring to move your career ideas forward. Mentoring is a long term process, it involves reflecting on your experiences, listening to your mentor and then putting the advice into practice.
Be specific in what areas you are keen to have a mentor from and try to focus on job areas instead of broad sectors.
Provide as much information as possible to make it clear what you hope to achieve and to enable us to match you to the right mentor for you.
5. Make it bulletproof
Make sure you check your application thoroughly and think about the following:
- Does it read well?
- Have you checked your answers?
- Have you tailored your answers to the questions?
- Have you thought about the reader?
Check grammar and spelling to ensure you are creating the most positive impression and demonstrate that you have paid attention to detail.
Also keep a copy of your form so you have this for reference if you are successfully matched on the scheme.