How to get a mentor

We have created a range of mentoring schemes to help you find the most relevant mentor based on your interests and help you through your mentoring journey.

Insight into working life whilst at university

Our Careers Network Mentoring scheme has been created to support you with exploring your career ideas during your time at university. 

If you're in your first year and have an idea of the sector you want to pursue, then gaining a mentor can help you to understand what steps you can take at university to reach your goals. 

Also if you are in your second, third or final year; a mentor can support you to understand whether the career you hope to go in to is likely to suit your skills, attributes and strengths.

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Careers Network Mentoring

Scheme opens in September 2017

Eligibility: Open to all undergraduate students

Application process: Submit your application form by Midnight 12 November 2017. You can specify your top 3 preferred locations of where you'd like your mentor to be working, as well as your top 3 sector areas. We will then take this into account to find you a relevant mentor. (Please note that all of our mentors have a wealth of experience to offer and there are times where we may not be able to accommodate your choices). 

Mentoring relationship: If successfully matched to a mentor, the relationship occurs from December to June.

Support for LGBT students with coming out in the workplace

Our LGBT Mentoring 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer employee. Now in its fourth year, as far as we know it is the only such University scheme in the UK.

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Scheme opens in September 2017

Eligibility: Open to all students

Application process: Submit your application form by 5 November 2017


Come along to our launch event on 17 October at 6.30pm to meet our mentors. You can choose who you'd prefer to be mentored by. If you're not available to attend, we will try to pair you with a mentor based on the interests on your application form. 

Mentoring relationship: If successfully matched to a mentor, the relationship occurs from November to June.

Being a future leader

Our alumni have made a huge impact since graduating from the University of Birmingham. We have alumni in very senior positions who understand the challenges faced when being a student and making decisions at the start of your career journey.

This scheme has been designed to support students you need that confidence boost to really excel in the career they want to go into.

Even though our mentors are in leadership positions, they are still human! They want to help you achieve your potential and are really willing to help as much as they can. 

10974-AL-mentoring-buttonAlumni Leadership Mentoring

Scheme opens in March 2018

Eligibility: Open to undergraduates in their penultimate year and medical and dental science students in their third or fourth year. 

Application process: Submit your application form and if successfully shortlisted, we will invite you for an interview to find out more about why you would a mentor on this scheme. 

Mentoring relationship: If successfully matched to a mentor, the relationship occurs from October to June in the following academic year (2018-19).

Support for after graduation and PGTs

If you are nearing the end of your final year and still unsure on exactly where to go, but have some idea, then a mentor can support you with navigating your career decisions. The Graduate Mentoring scheme will help kick start the first 6 months after graduation. 

This scheme is also here to help postgraduate taught students as they near the end of their degree and transition into employment. 

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Scheme opens in March 2018

Eligibility: Open to final year undergraduates and postgraduate taught students

Application process: Submit your application form. You can specify your top 3 preferred locations of where you'd like your mentor to be working, as well as your top 3 sector areas. We will then take this into account to find you a relevant mentor. (Please note that all of our mentors have a wealth of experience to offer and there are times where we may not be able to accommodate your choices). 

Mentoring relationship: If successfully matched to a mentor, the relationship occurs from July to December.

Mentoring case studies

Hear from mentors and mentees about their experience on the various mentoring schemes on offer at the University of Birmingham:

YouTube Mentoring playlist