Career mentees with their mentors

Volunteering: from home

Do you have a little spare time outside work? Our students and alumni 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: Approx. 1 hour a month for up to 6 months.                                                                                       
  • How to apply: For details and to apply, visit the Career Mentor Scheme webpage.

Answer student and alumni careers questions

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 Scheme, you can join a large pool of alumni who can be matched to students/alumni looking for advice.

  • Requirements: Willingness to answer questions and offer career advice/signposting.
  • Time commitment: You would be contacted on an ad-hoc basis as/when queries come in which are relevant to your line of work. You may request the maximum number of contacts you wish to receive.                                                                       
  • How to apply: For details visit the eXepert Scheme webpage, and to apply complete the volunteer registration form.

Provide a careers profile

We feature alumni career profiles across the University website, student and alumni 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 alumni and students can dip in and out of and gives information to really help them stand out against the competition. Your career profile will appear on our careers website.

  • Requirements: Ability to communicate your study and career experience in writing, and supply a photo.
  • Time commitment: 15 – 30 minutes.
  • How to apply: Complete your career profile online.

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 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: 30-45 minutes.
  • How to apply: To apply please complete the volunteer registration form.

International Country Contact

A Country Contact is a voluntary role which alumni across the globe act as the main point of contact and ambassador for the University of Exeter, liaising with local alumni, current and prospective students, as well as University staff. Our volunteers often help arrange business and social events for alumni in their region.                                                                                             

  • Requirements: Willingness to answer questions from alumni, current and prospective students, as well as visiting staff in your region. Contribute to a social media group for your country and help develop the local alumni network in your region, possibly organise local social or networking reunions. 
  • Time commitment: 2 years
  • How to apply: Visit our international alumni network webpage to see if there is a Country Contact vacancy in your region. To apply please complete the volunteer registration form.

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