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Career Mentor Scheme

The Career Mentor Scheme is a unique opportunity for students to be matched with an experienced professional to gain one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance into their profession and sector for up to 6-months.

If you are a current or potential mentor viewing this page, please see our mentor webpages.

Upcoming schemes

We will have two mentoring schemes for academic year 2014-15:

1. Autumn to Spring Scheme (November 2014 – April 2015)

  • Open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Applications open for 6 weeks from Monday 1st September 2014 until Monday 13th October 2014

 2. Spring to Summer Scheme (May 2015 – October 2015)

  • Open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Applications open for 6 weeks from Monday 26th January 2015 until Monday 9th March 2015 

What are the benefits?

  • One-to-one careers advice, support and guidance from an experienced professional for up to 6 months
  • Develop personal and professional competencies which will set you apart from other students and graduates
  • Gain a realistic insight into your chosen profession
  • Great addition to your CV
  • Possible networking opportunities
  • Mentee training, resources and ongoing staff support

Who are the mentors?

  • Experienced professionals at various stages of their career (including entrepreneurs)
  • From a wide range of sectors and professions
  • Based all over the UK and overseas
  • Offered to provide one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance into their profession and sector
  • Offered to provide monthly contact via email and telephone or meeting in person

What are you looking for in a mentee?

  • Students motivated to improving their prospects and employability
  • Students open to ideas and feedback
  • Students committed to participating in the scheme for the full duration of the scheme
  • Students will be expected to take the lead in the communication, contacting their mentor at least once per month

How do I apply?

Mentoring opportunities will be advertised in My Career Zone, where you will be able to view mentor profiles and submit one application from for your chosen mentor. The Career Mentor Scheme is a competitive process, so please take care when writing your application and read the Career Mentor Scheme application advice for further support.

Application process

  1. Log in to My Career Zone
  2. Select 'View Current Jobs', then select 'Mentoring Opportunities' and 'Filter by career option'
  3. Read mentor profiles of your choice marked 'Career mentor available:[followed by mentor name]'
  4. To apply, click on 'How to apply' within the mentor advert and you will see a link to the online application form

Terms and guidance notes:

  • Applications for the Autumn to Spring Scheme (November 2014 – April 2015) will be open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate). Applications open for 6 weeks from Monday 1st September 2014 until Monday 13th October 2014.
  • Applications for the Spring to Summer Scheme (May 2015 – October 2015) will open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate). Applications open for 6 weeks from Monday 26th January 2015 until Monday 9th March 2015.
  • Students may submit one application only, where you will be asked to select one first choice and one second choice mentor, if your application meets a minimum score criteria, your application will be considered successful and we will do our best to match you with your first choice mentor.
  • The scheme works on a 'first-come, first-serve' basis, which means a mentor profile will be closed once we have received a strong application (please note, some mentor opportunities will stay open for 2 student applications if that mentor has confirmed they are able to support more than one mentee).
  • Successful mentees will be invited to attend a compulsory 2-hour training session before the scheme begins.
  • Successful students will be expected to participate for the full duration of the scheme by actively staying in touch with their mentors at least once per month and providing feedback to staff when requested. 
  • Students who have already been matched with a mentor through the Career Mentor Scheme are not eligible to apply again as we would like other students to have the opportunity to benefit from the help of a mentor.
  • Students are not permitted to search for a mentor’s contact information or directly contact a mentor outside of the scheme’s standard recruitment and selection process.

Please see see the 2014-15 scheme timeframes and mentee FAQs for more details.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact us at careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk or call 01392 722034.