Career mentees with their mentors

Volunteering: from home

Do you have a little spare time outside work? Our students would benefit from your expertise.

Mentor a student

The University of Exeter Career Mentor Scheme brings bright, enthusiastic students together with successful professionals in mutually beneficial mentoring partnerships. The Scheme gives students the opportunity to get an insight into their preferred employment sector and develop personal networks and employability skills.

Mentor requirements: Three years professional experience in any career sector (mentors range from graduate trainees to managers and company directors) and a keen interest in supporting a student to help improve their employability.
Time commitment: Approximately 1 hour a month for up to 6 months.

Offer careers advice to students and recent alumni via eXepert

Could you offer informal careers advice to students and recent alumni who are looking for guidance in their choice of career and how to succeed in the world of work once they graduate? By registering for the eXepert, you can join a large pool of alumni who can be matched to students/alumni looking for advice.

Requirements: No requirements beyond a willingness to answer questions and offer advice/signposting. This opportunity is relevant for both recent and experienced alumni across all sectors and job types.Time commitment: You would be contacted on an ad-hoc basis as/when student queries come in which are relevant to your line of work. You may request the maximum number of contacts you wish to receive.

Provide a careers profile

We feature alumni profiles across the University website, intranet and student newsletters. Profiles provide valuable careers insights and top tips for getting into a wide range of industries – and then progressing.  

It’s a resource that students can dip in and out of and gives information to really help them stand out against the competition.

Requirements: Nothing beyond a passion for your chosen field and the ability to communicate this in writing. We try to feature profiles from alumni across a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Photo or video- ideally in the workplace.
Time commitment: 15 – 30 minutes.
Access our online profile form and photo uploader.

Write a one-off careers blog post

Our Career Zone blog is aimed at giving employability tips and advice to current students. Students often aren’t sure what career they would like to pursue or what awaits them when they leave Exeter and enter the world of work. The blog is multi-authored and covers a wide range of topics such as applying for jobs and insights into sectors. Alumni are invited to offer one-off guest blogs to give students insights into the world of work after graduation.

Requirements: We are especially looking for those who have been graduated 5 years or less to show how they made the transition into the world of work. Ideally posts are between 250 and 500 words and include a photo of the author.

Time commitment: Around 45 minutes.

International Country Contact

Help fellow alumni renew friendships and strengthen ties with the University through networking by acting as a contact for your country and helping to organise activities in your region.

I work for the BBC and it is a privilege to travel all over the place, cover some extraordinary events and get to meet some amazing people. Also as an author, I get to do some amazing things. I am very lucky to I have a rich and fulfilling life. I’ve been mentoring for a couple of years now. It’s amazing the impact it can have, just to tell someone how good they are, the difference they make, the talent and potential they have. You’ve heard of the notorious win-win situation, and I’ve come to the conclusion that mentoring is actually a triple win-win situation. It’s a win for my mentee because I helped her along the way. It’s a win for me because I feel enormously proud and it’s incredibly fulfilling. The third win is for the University, our community and society as we put some great people out there, and I’m really proud to be part of that. I’ve got one girl mentee at the moment and one boy mentee – I’m like a happy dad!

Simon Hall - Career Mentor