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Career Mentor Scheme

Career Mentor Scheme

The Career Mentor Scheme is a popular employability scheme which matches experienced professionals with a mentee (current student or recent graduate), to meet monthly for sector insights and one to one careers advice and guidance over a six month period. 

Applications Open Now! Please go to Handshake to view all of the mentoring opportunities.

The Career Mentoring Team are currently working from home and can be reached via the usual careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk email address on Monday to Friday, from 9am until 5pm. Please note that we cannot take phone calls at this time, so if your message is urgent, please mark your email as high priority and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. We hope you and your families are well and stay safe during this difficult period.

Career mentoring is: 

  • A one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance experience over a 6 month period
  • You will work with an experienced professional in your chosen sector
  • Focuses on expanding the mentee’s horizons and thought processes and developing their decision-making skills
  • Focuses on building the mentee’s personal and professional development
  • Honest and supportive
  • A personalised experience depdnant on your needs, whatever stage you are at on your career journey
  • Confidential (within appropriate boundaries). 

Career mentoring isn’t: 

  • Direct sponsorship. 
  • Always task focused. 
  • A case of a mentor doing work on behalf of the mentee. 
  • A case of a mentor making decisions on behalf of the mentee. 
  • An opportunity to ask for any ‘favours’, for example asking directly for a job/work experience/internships, an introduction to hiring managers, access to your mentor’s network contacts etc, hence: 
    • You are able to ask your mentor for advice on how to look for jobs/internships/placements/shadowing and how to expand your network.
    • Please do not ask your mentor to provide these opportunities directly i.e. ask for an internship working for the mentor. Some mentors are in the position to provide these opportunities, but it is for them to offer this freely and not as a result of a direct request.
  • Therapy for personal issues. 
  • A tutor-student relationship with the main focus being on producing an academic outcome. 
  • A friend-friend relationship with the main focus being on personal development outside of work. As such, we respectfully ask that you avoid making any social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) connections with your mentor during your official six-month partnership. Connecting on LinkedIn is perfectly acceptable.  

Benefits of Participating in Career Mentor Scheme

You will:

  • develop personal and professional competencies which will set you apart from other students and graduates
  • gain a realistic insight into your chosen profession
  • receive advice on how you can access relevant work experince and expand your network
  • boost your confidence
  • great addition to your CV
  • 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
  • Able to provide one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance into their profession and sector
  • Able to provide monthly contact via email, telephone and Skype
  • Students and graduates motivated to improve their prospects and employability
  • Students and graduates open to ideas and feedback
  • Students and graduates committed to participating in the scheme for the full duration of the scheme
  • Mentees will be expected to take the lead in the communication, contacting their mentor at least once per month

Mentoring opportunities will be advertised on Handshake, 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.

N.B. If you are a graduate applying to the scheme, please check your chosen mentor's profile to ensure they have stated that they are happy to mentor a student or a graduate, as some of our mentors may prefer to work with current students only. 

Application process

  • Log in to Handshake.*
  • If you know the name of the mentor click on the 'Jobs' tab and type the name into the search box.
  • OR click on the 'Jobs' tab and type 'Mentor + key word'
  • OR click on the 'Jobs' tab and navigate to 'All Filters' then '+More' and click on 'Experiential Learning'.

  • To narrow your results search for jobs by 'Job Role' or 'Industry'.
  • When you have found a mentor you would like to apply for, click on 'Apply Externally' and you will be directed to the online application form.

*If you are a graduate applying to the scheme, you may have difficulties in accessing Handshake. If this is the case, please contact careers@exeter.ac.uk 

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 which meets the minimum score criteria.
  • Prospective mentees 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). Applications will be withdrawn from the scheme if we find out that the student or graduate in question has contacted mentors outside of the standard scheme application process.

Timeframe: The Winter- Spring scheme will run December 2021 – May 2022 (6 months duration).

Who can apply: Applications are open to to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and all graduates who have graduated within the last three years.

When to apply: Applications open at midday on Monday 13th September 2021 and close on Friday 5th November 2021 at 11:55pm. You can apply on Handshake, and you can find more details under the "How Do I Apply" section above

Level of contact: Mentees are expected to meet with their mentor (in-person or virtually) once a month. We recommend between 1 - 2 hours of contact per month, depending on your mentor's availability. 

 

Expected timeline summary:

September 2021

Student Applications open from midday on Monday 13th September 2021

Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place

October 2021 Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place
November 2021 Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place
 

Application closing date - 11:55pm on Friday 5th November 2021

December 2021

Mentor and mentee are introduced via email

January 2022 Mentoring month 2
February 2022 Mentoring month 3
March 2022 Mentoring month 4
April 2022 Mentoring month 5
May 2022 Mentoring month 6 - Partnerships contacted for feedback

Timeframe: The Summer - Autumn scheme will run June – November 2022 (6 months duration).

Who can apply: Applications are open to to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and all graduates who have graduated within the last three years.

When to apply: Applications open at midday on Monday 7th March 2022 and close on at 11:55pm on Sunday 1st May 2022. You can apply on Handshake, and you can find more details under the "How Do I Apply" section above

Level of contact: Mentees are expected to meet with their mentor (in-person or virtually) once a month. We recommend between 1 - 2 hours of contact per month, depending on your mentor's availability. 

 

Expected timeline summary:

February 2022 Applications open from Monday 7th March 2022
March - April 2022 Mentee online training takes place
May 2022 Application closing date - Sunday 1st May 2022
June 2022

Mentor and mentee are introduced via email

June 2022

Mentoring month 1

July 2022 Mentoring month 2
August 2022 Mentoring month 3
September 2022 Mentoring month 4
October 2022 Mentoring month 5
November 2022 Mentoring month 6 - Partnerships contacted for feedback
  • Applications for the Winter 2021 - Spring 2022 Scheme (December 2021 - May 2022) will be open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and graduates who have graduated within the last three years. Applications will be open from midday on Monday 13th September 2021 to 11:55pm on Friday 5th November 2021.
  • Mentees 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 up to 3 student applications if that mentor has confirmed they are able to support more than one mentee).
  • Successful mentees will be invited to complete a compulsory training session before the scheme begins, failure to do so will result in them being removed from the scheme.
  • Successful mentees 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. 
  • You may participate in the Career Mentor Scheme multiple times, though you cannot apply to be mentored by the same mentor more than once. When submitting an application, you will be asked if you have previously participated and if so, why you feel participating again will be of benefit to you. The Career Mentoring Team reserve the right to reject a repeat application based on a mentee's conduct during a previous partnership. 
  • Mentees 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. Applications will be withdrawn from the scheme if we find out that the student or graduate in question has contacted mentors outside of the standard scheme application process.

Please see our FAQs for more details.

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Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact us at careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk or call +44(0)1392 72(2034).