Careers Network Mentoring

Our mentors want to help you! We have hundreds of mentors who have volunteered their time to help you find a career that suits your strengths and interests.

This page includes information on eligibility, support for your application, the link to the application form, information on where are mentors are from and the range of support areas provided. 

  • Gain advice from professionals working in an area you hope to pursue after graduation.
  • Seek top tips on how to utilise your university experience in order to support your career journey.
  • Build your network whilst at university, which will support you to make informed decisions.

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students in any year
  • All LGBT students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in any year
  • Graduates of July 2018 and July 2019 (undergraduate degrees only)
  • Postgraduate taught students (Spring Term only)

Things to note

We match applicants on a first come first served basis. This is in order to be fair with mentor allocation, however, we are still aiming for quality - so please don't rush your application!

If you have been matched to a mentor previously, we will not prioritise your application form in order to give other students and graduates the opportunity of securing a mentor. If we find there is a surplus of mentors, we will then see if we can allocate a mentor to you again but unfortunately cannot guarantee this.


Find out the benefits of having a mentor
Application form for Careers Mentoring
Top tips for your mentoring application

Areas of mentoring support

We aim to match applicants to the most relevant mentor and based on their interests on their application form. Please see below for the areas you can seek support in.

Note: whilst we aim to match applicants to their preferences, we cannot always guarantee this but will aim to provide the most relevant mentor as much as possible. 

Career sector and areas of expertise - highest priority for matching

We ask all applicants to specify the sector they work in and the areas of expertise within this. We also ask mentors the same set of fields. 

This then allows us to start matching based on career interests first. We will then take in to account any other areas of support that has been requested, alongside what a mentor can offer. 

Undergraduate students

With the scheme open to all undergraduate students, this means any year of study will apply. Please be aware of the stage you are at in your career journey (regardless of your year of study) and ensure you understand what you hope to gain from the mentoring relationship. 

LGBT students

For more information, visit the LGBT Mentoring webpage.

Here we aim to match LGBT students/graduates with mentors across a range of occupations to get advice on how to be happy and fulfilled as an ‘out’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer employee in the workplace. The objectives are to find out more about: choosing an LGBT-friendly employer, what makes a good application, how to come out and how to progress in their chosen career. 

Students/graduates starting a business, social enterprise or freelancing

If you have set up a business or social enterprise or are considering freelancing, you can benefit from learning from a mentor who either has done something similar or has industry knowledge which can help you progress with your next steps.

For more information about our start-up services (whether you have an idea, need funding or have set up your own business), please visit our B-Enterprising - Start-Up website

Recent graduates

This aims to help graduates with the transition from university into employment. Mentoring gives you access to a professional working in their chosen sector to improve their skills and knowledge to kick start their career after graduation. 

Please note that this aims to support graduates with an undergraduate Bachelor's degree who are yet to secure a job, underemployed or who would like to find another job role. 

Similar background (equality and diversity)

We are keen to provide an accessible mentoring service as well as the most relevant mentor for our students and have decided to look at the following where students consider themselves part of the below: 

You will have the option on your application form to select whether or not your experiences apply to the above. 

We will still ensure we focus on similar career interests and then try to align more personal experiences. 

Postgraduate taught students (Spring term only)

This aims to help postgraduate taught students seek careers support whilst completing their Masters and then aid their transition into employment. 

You will have the option to choose whether or not you would like a mentor who has completed a postgraduate qualification, as well as the other support areas listed above. 

We hope that you will enjoy mentoring and we have aimed to ensure the support available from mentors, along with the mentees' interests, align as much as possible. Whilst we will do what we can to pair you with a mentor, this will be dependent on the demand for your area(s) of support.  

Where are the mentors from?

Our mentors are based in many different locations, both in the UK and internationally in places such as Hong Kong, the US and China. They also cover a large number of sectors and career areas.

On your application form you can select your top 3 sector areas and top 3 preferred locations of where you would like your mentor to be based. We will then do our best to find someone who is most relevant, and we encourage all applicants to keep an open mind as all of our mentors have a wealth of experience and advice to share.  

Careers Mentoring timeline

Careers Mentoring timeline. Please see text version below.

 

Careers Mentoring timeline (text version)

September to October - Applications open

October to November - Shortlisting and mentee training

November to June - Mentoring relationship takes place

January to February - Applications open

February to March - Shortlising and mentee training

March to August - Mentoring relationship takes place

Any questions, please email mentoring@contacts.bham.ac.uk