What does it involve?

Naomi

Mentor

“Every student has a different skill set, hopes and fears and I want to help to create a clear and exciting plan. It doesn't have to be intimidating or worrying and there are ways to make it fun and interesting, which is where I like to help.”

Mentoring involves sharing your knowledge, skills and experience to help your 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 your 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 have 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 develop 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. 

What is the commitment?

Mentoring relationship - frequency of contact

We require our mentors to volunteer a minimum of one hour each month to their mentee over the course of the scheme. 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. 

Online mentor training course

Once you have registered as a mentor, we will then send you a mentor online training course. We require all mentors to complete this course before commencing a mentoring relationship.

Communication methods

These will vary and this is up to the mentor and mentee to decide during the first interactions and in the first meeting. We recommend meeting as many times as possible face to face, but understand this may not be feasible depending on work load and location. In this instance online communication methods can still lead to a successful and effective mentoring relationship. 

Monitoring progress

We want to support you and your mentee throughout the mentoring scheme and ensure you are both benefiting from the experience. We will therefore be checking in at various points (usually half-way through and near the end). Of course, at any time please feel free to contact us mentoring@contacts.bham.ac.uk and we will be happy to help. 

At the end of the scheme we like to seek your feedback on your experience over the scheme and if there are any improvements we can make for the following year.