The mentoring experience

We have two mentoring schemes that aim to support you throughout your time at university and for two years after graduation. Please see below for blogs, videos, eligibility, application process and timeline. 



Careers Network Mentoring scheme - reopens in September 2019

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

  • Gain real insight into your chosen sector
  • Build your contacts and sound out your ideas
  • Increase your confidence to reach your goals 


  • Undergraduate students in any year
  • LGBT students (UG and PG) in any year
  • Graduates of July 2018 and July 2019
  • (Spring Term only) Postgraduate taught students

For further information, please visit  

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Mentee process

1. Application form - you need to submit your application form by the deadline. 

2. Mentee induction training - if you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a mandatory mentee induction training session to support you with your mentoring relationship.

3. Mentoring relationship (Nov to Jun for Autumn term intake and Mar to Oct for Spring term intake) - if you are successfully shortlisted and have attended the mentee induction training session, you will receive your mentor's details to start the mentoring relationship. 

Mentoring support - sectors and location

We have hundreds of mentors in a variety of sectors, ranging from recent graduates through to professionals with decades of experience. Our mentors are located in Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, India and many more. We have mentors working across a range of sectors such as Creative Arts, Engineering, Finance, Health care, Legal, Marketing, Science, Technology and others.  

Mentoring support - other areas

We want to ensure we can support you by finding the most relevant mentor for your career journey. We offer support to LGBT students, PGTs, students who want to start a business and other areas to help with your development. Please see below for some particular areas of support. 

LGBT students with coming out in the workplace

Open in Autumn and Spring terms. 

Our LGBT mentors can support you with being yourself at work and how to feel fulfilled as an out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer employee. As far as we know it is the only such University scheme in the UK.

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Recent graduates

Open in Autumn and Spring terms. 

We understand that you might have missed out on the opportunity of gaining a mentor as a student and want to continue to support you for up to 2 years after you graduate.  

Starting/Growing your business

Open in Autumn and Spring terms. 

If you want to start your own business or would like to grow your business, a mentor can be a great way to gain insight into the challenges they overcame and how you can learn from this too. 

Postgraduate taught students

Open in Spring term. 

Making the most of your postgraduate taught degree can really help with navigating your career in the direction you want to go. We have a range of mentors who have postgraduate qualifications and can share how they then progressed after completing this. Alternatively, you may not have a preference about whether or not they have completed a postgraduate qualification and can specify this on your application form.  

Alumni Leadership Mentoring programme - open in March 2019

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. 


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

Mentee process

1. Application form 

2. Interview - if you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview. This is an opportunity to bring your application to life and meet a friendly panel who would like to find out more about what you hope to gain from your chosen mentor(s).


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