Applications for the next scheme are now open. To see a selection of the opportunities available see our RSS Feed!

Mentor Simon Hall (BBC Home Affairs Correspondent) with mentee Sanya Burgess (BA English). Read their experience

Successful mentess are invited to join their relevant LinkedIn Group. Follow us on Twitter!

You can also count the Career Mentor Scheme towards The Exeter Award.

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.

 

We will have two mentoring schemes for academic year 2016-17:

1. Autumn to Spring Scheme (November 2016 – April 2017)

  • Open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Please note, applications for students are now open until Sunday 13th November 2016

 2. Spring to Summer Scheme (May 2017 – October 2017)

  • Open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Applications open from Monday 23rd January 2017 until Monday 6th March 2017 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Mentoring opportunities will be advertised in My Career Zone, where you will be able to view mentor profiles and submit one application form 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

  • Log in to My Career Zone.
  • There are three ways to search for mentors.
  • If you know the name of the mentor you can type this into the first box on the search bar and click 'Find Jobs'.
  • OR type 'Career Mentor' and the area of work that you are interested in into the first box on the search bar e.g. Career Mentor Law
  • OR Search Jobs. In the first box type 'Career Mentor', Type of Work: 'Mentoring Opportunity', then click down on more search options to get to Emploment Type: 'Mentoring Oppourtunity', Employer Industry: 'Any', Occupation: 'Any' (to see all opportunities) or select the area that you are interested in. 
  • When you have found a mentor you would like to apply for, click 'How to apply' within the mentor advert and you will be directed to the online application form.

Note for applicants

  • The scheme works on a 'first-come-first-serve' basis, so apply soon to have the best chance of being matched with the mentor of your choice. Mentoring opportunities will be removed before the advertised closing date if we receive an application from a student which meets the minimum score criteria.
  • If you have been a mentee on a previous Career Mentor Scheme, then we will not accept your application to another scheme as we would like other students to benefit from the scheme. You may wish to apply to a similar scheme called the eXepert scheme.
  • Students are NOT permitted to contact mentors outside of the scheme's application process (e.g. do not search and contact them on social media or elsewhere). Student applications will be withdrawn from the scheme if we find out they have contacted mentors outside of the standard scheme application process.

Duration: 6-months in duration (November 2016 – April 2017)

Who can apply? Open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate)

When and how do I apply? Applications open Thursday 1st September 2016 and close on Sunday 23rd October 2016. Apply in My Career Zone (select 'View Current Jobs', then select 'Mentoring Opportunities' and filter by career sector).

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

Expected timeline summary:

September 2016 Applications open from Thursday 1st September 2016
October 2016 Application closing date - Sunday 23rd October 2016
  Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place
November 2016 

Mentor and mentee are introduced via email

Tuesday 22nd November 16 - Meet your Mentor Event (Invited mentees only).

December 2016 Mentoring month 2
January 2017 Mentoring month 3
February 2017 Mentoring month 4
March 2017 Mentoring month 5
April 2017 Mentoring month 6 - Partnerships contacted for feedback

 

Duration: 6-months in duration (May 2017 – October 2017)

Who can apply? Open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate)

When and how do I apply? Applications open Monday 23rd January 2017 and close on Sunday 23rd April 2017. Apply in My Career Zone (select 'View Current Jobs', then select 'Mentoring Opportunities' and filter by career sector).

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

Expected timeline summary:

 

January 2017 Applications open from Monday 23rd January 2017
March 2017 Application closing date - Sunday 23rd April 2017
  Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place
April 2017

Mentor and mentee are introduced via email

May 2017

Mentoring month 1

Meet your Mentor Event (Invited mentees only)

June 2017 Mentoring month 2
July 2017 Mentoring month 3
August 2017 Mentoring month 4
September 2017 Mentoring month 5
October 2017 Mentoring month 6 - Partnerships contacted for feedback
  • Applications for the Autumn to Spring Scheme (November 15 - April 16) will be open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate). Applications open for 6 weeks from Thursday 1st September 2015 to Sunday 11th Octobr 2015.
  • Applications for the Spring to Summer Scheme (May 2016 – October 2016) will open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate). Applications open for 6 weeks from Monday 25th January 2016 until Sunday 24th April 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 mentee FAQs for more details.

Contact information

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