The Career Mentor Scheme welcomes mentors from all career sectors.

Career Mentor Scheme

The Career Mentor Scheme is a popular employability scheme which matches experienced professionals with a student or graduate, for sector insight and one-to-one careers advice and guidance, for 6 months. 

If you are a current student or recent graduate viewing this page, please see our student and graduate webpage.

If you would be interested in supporting our students and graduates, click here to register as a mentor.

The Career Mentor Scheme has been bringing bright, enthusiastic students together with successful professionals in mutually beneficial mentoring partnerships for nearly 10 years. As of September 2018, we are thrilled to announce that this great scheme will now be available to recent University of Exeter graduates (those who have graduated within the last three years).  To learn more about working with graduates, please read our Mentoring Graduates - Information for Mentors document.

Another exciting change being introduced in September 2018 is that we will now be allowing students and graduates who have already participated in the Career Mentor Scheme to do so again. We feel that it is of benefit to our students and graduates to have the opportunity to possibly explore different sectors through the insight of our wonderful mentors, or even to delve even further in to a sector they have already begun to explore. 

Our mentors are professionals from all different sectors and professions who volunteer to support students and graduates by providing invaluable insight, advice and guidance into their chosen career via email, telephone, Skype or meetings in person at least once per month for up to 6-months.

Our mentors are a mix of alumni and non-alumni, from all sectors and professions and are based in the UK and overseas.

 

  • Access to bright and enthusiastic undergraduate/postgraduate students and graduates who can provide a fresh view of your business
  • The satisfaction of helping students and graduates to realise their true potential and reflect upon your career achievements
  • Voluntary mentoring experience to enhance your CV
  • Chance to develop your professional and personal support skills (contact via email, telephone, Skype or in person)
  • Engagement with a world class University

Read mentoring success stories of those who have benefitted from the scheme.

We ask that all our mentors have:

  • Professional experience in any graduate career sector with three-years minimum experience (mentors range from graduate trainees to managers and company directors) 
  • An email address, telephone number or Skype address they can share with their mentee 
  • A keen interest in supporting students and graduates to improve their employability
  • Willingness to support one or more students and graduates for up to 6-months on a voluntary (unpaid) basis
  • Mentors can be based in the UK or overseas

Read further information about the scheme and the scheme timeframes with details of the process. You may also access mentoring support and training resources for more information. 

Duration: 6-months in duration (May 2018 – October 2018)

Mentees: The scheme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from all colleges and campuses.

Level of contact: Mentoring partnerships are expected to maintain contact at least once per month via email, telephone, Skype or in person.

Expected timeline summary:

January 18

Closing date for mentor applications: 12th January 2018.
Mentor opportunities are advertised to students from 22nd January 2018.

March 18

Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place

April 18

Mentor and mentee are introduced via email

May 18 Mentoring month 1
  Meet your Mentor Event held at the Streatham Campus. Tuesday 22nd May 2018.
June 18 Mentoring month 2
July 18 Mentoring month 3
August 18 Mentoring month 4
September 18 Mentoring month 5
October 18 Mentoring month 6 - Partnerships contacted for feedback

 

Duration: 6-months in duration (November 2018 – April 2019)

Mentees: The scheme is open to undergraduate/postgraduate students and graduates from all colleges and campuses.

Level of contact: Mentoring partnerships are expected to maintain contact at least once per month via email, telephone, Skype or in person.

Expected timeline summary:

 

September 18

Closing date for mentor applications: 31st August 2018

September 18 Mentor opportunities are advertised to students from September
October 18 Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place
  Mentor and mentee are introduced via email
November 18

Mentoring month 1

December 18 Mentoring month 2
January 19 Mentoring month 3 
February 19 Mentoring month 4
March 19 Mentoring month 5
April 19 Mentoring month 6 - Partnerships contacted for feedback

 

To sign up as a mentor, please complete the following mentor application form. This will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Once you have submitted this form, we should have everything we need from you in order to register you as a mentor on the scheme. Occasionally we may need a little more information from you, and will get in touch should this be the case. 

Any data provided to the University by any party will be processed in accordance with Student Employability and Academic Success (SEAS) Privacy Policy

Contact

If you are interested in finding out more about the Career Mentor Scheme, please contact us at careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk or call 01392 722034.