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Mentor the next generation

Mentoring is a great opportunity for students to gain real insight into their chosen industry from a professional currently working in that same area. 

Mentoring involves the mentor sharing their knowledge, skills and experience to help their mentee progress to seek new opportunities at university and have a clearer idea of their career direction after graduation. It's more than giving advice, it’s about motivating and empowering the mentee to better understand themselves and their aims – and how they can get there.

Why mentor a University of Birmingham student/graduate?

Being a mentor to a Birmingham student is a great way to connect or re-connect with the University of Birmingham. 

  • Enhance your professional development. 
  • Reflect on your own experiences and gain a new perspective from our students.
  • Gain satisfaction from knowing that your knowledge and experiences has supported a student to realise their full potential. 
  • Raise your company profile to our bright students. 

Benefits for mentees

  • Gain real insight into a sector or career.
  • Sound out ideas and goals.
  • Seek advice on developing their skill set. 
  • Build confidence to seek new opportunities. 

What is the role of a mentor?

Ultimately the mentee drives the relationship and should be the one to initiate communication and contact the mentor directly. A few points to consider below are:

  • To support the mentee to achieve their mentoring goals, that leads to enhancing their personal and professional development. 
  • To have career focussed discussions that develops the mentee to explore new opportunities and build their confidence, in order to have a clearer direction of their career. 
  • To share experiences that increases the mentees awareness, knowledge and insight into the field. 

Which mentoring schemes are available?

We have a number of schemes that you can participate in. You can either be involved in one scheme or more than one. At any given time we recommend that mentors have a maximum of two mentees in order dedicate a sufficient amount of time to both mentees and to not impact heavily on the mentor's work load.

Careers Network Mentoring (Dec-Jun, 7 months)

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Open to all undergraduate students

About: This scheme aims to help students throughout their time at university, from adapting to university life during their first year, to applying for graduate jobs in their final year. 

Am I a suitable mentor?: We have a range of mentors from various industries, ranging from recent graduates to professionals with over 20 years of experience.

How am I matched to a student?: Students submit an online application form outlining their preferences for a mentor. Matches are made based on location, career interests and development needs. 

LGBT Mentoring (Nov-Jun, 8 months)

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Open to all students

About: This scheme matches students 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 for students to find out more about: choosing an LGBTQ-friendly employer, what makes a good application, how to come out and how to progress in their chosen career.

Am I a suitable mentor?: Our mentors are LGBTQ employees based in Birmingham, working in a wide range of occupations. If you are interested in this scheme please select this option on the mentor registration form given below and we will be in contact soon to provide further information. 

How am I matched to a student?: We hold a launch event in October, which includes a speed mentoring session for mentors and mentees. Mentors and mentees are randomly paired and will talk for about 15 minutes, before a bell rings, then mentees move on to the next mentor. There are usually about three rounds. The aim is for each mentee to get a chance to talk to a few mentors, so that they get a number of perspectives on being an LGBTQ employee in the workplace. Mentees are then asked to express a preference for a mentor they wish to be paired with. 

Graduate Mentoring (Jul-Dec, 6 months)


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Open to final year undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

About: This scheme aims to help students transition from university into employment. Whether they are seeking a graduate job or already have one secured, mentoring gives them access to a professional working in their chosen sector to improve their skills and knowledge to kick start their career after graduation. 

Am I a suitable mentor?: We'd recommend mentors to have at least 2 years work experience after graduation. Please note that for postgraduate taught students some may have had sufficient industry work experience and then come back to university to seek their qualification.

How am I matched to a student?: Students submit an online application form outlining their preferences for a mentor. Matches are made based on location, career interests and development needs. Depending on the career interests, we may match postgraduate taught students with mentors who have also completed a postgraduate taught qualification. 

Final year undergraduate students graduate complete their degree in June and are mentored for the first 6 months after graduation.

Postgraduate taught students will still be completing their degree up to September. This scheme aids them to seek support whilst studying and then aid their transition into employment for the remaining months on the scheme. 

 

How do I register to be a mentor?

There are two steps:

1. Mentor registration form - please complete our registration form below, which involves inputting your career details to date and selecting which scheme(s) you would like to participate in. 

Sign up and make a difference today by sharing your knowledge and expertise with our students.

For further information about our schemes on our student pages please visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/careersmentoring

If you have any questions please email mentoring@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

2. Mentor online training course - once you have registered we will then send you a link to our online training course that will support your role as mentor throughout your mentoring journey.