Mentoring frequently asked questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about becoming a mentor with the University of Birmingham.

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Frequently asked questions

Careers Network Mentoring timeline

  • September - October: Applications open
  • October - November: Shortlisting and mentee training
  • November - June: Mentoring relationship
  • January - February: Applications open
  • February - March: Shortlisting and mentee training
  • March - October: Mentoring relationship

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Is there any training provided?

When you are matched with a mentee we will enrol you on our online mentor training course. This will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

What is the time commitment?

We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of one hour per month, although this may not be in a one hour block each month. When you meet your mentee for the first time you can discuss the frequency and duration of your meetings. 

I am not an alumnus of University of Birmingham – can I still sign up as a mentor?

Although many of our mentors are alumni, we welcome volunteers from many different backgrounds.

How many mentees can I have at one time?

At any given time we recommend that mentors have a maximum of two mentees in order dedicate a sufficient amount of time to each mentee and to not impact heavily on the mentor's work load.

Must the mentoring meetings be in person, or can they happen in other ways?

We encourage face to face meetings where possible, however we have mentors all around the world so this isn’t always possible! There are many different ways to connect if you cannot meet in person and many of our mentors speak via Skype, phone and email, to name just a few!   

Are all mentors matched to a mentee?

Although we will do our best to find a suitable mentee each time, this is not always possible as it depends on student demand. We are very grateful for your support and if you are not matched during one term, we will do our best to pair you in the next round. 

There are also other opportunities for you to be invovled with that allow you to still share your career journey such as a website profile, being a guest speaker or offering work experience. We will be happy to discuss other options with you too if you are interested. 

How long does the mentoring relationship last?

The mentoring relationships last for at least 6 months, after which you are of course free to remain in contact, but as individuals rather than members of the scheme.




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