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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) below are relevant for both potential and current mentees.

If you have a question that isn’t covered below, please contact a member of the team at careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk

Mentors are a mix of alumni and non-alumni experienced professionals who have volunteered to provide one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance to a University of Exeter student or graduate for the duration of the scheme. Mentors are based in the UK and overseas, they cover a wide range of professions and sectors, and all are different in the careers advice and guidance they can offer.

Mentoring opportunities are advertised on Handshake, where you will be able to view mentor profiles and apply for your chosen mentor. Each mentor has a profile which lists details such as whether they are happy to mentor current students and graduates, or possibly just current students, their current and past career history, ways they can help a student or graduate and any other additional comments they may have added. To search for mentors:

  • 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 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.

View scheme timeframes to check when mentoring opportunities will next be advertised. Apply for your chosen mentor quickly as each mentoring opportunity will close once a mentee whose application meets the minimum score has applied.

Yes. Mentees may apply if they will be based abroad or on a year in industry during part of the mentoring process, or if they graduate by the time the scheme finishes. All mentees will be expected to take the lead in communication and to keep in contact with your mentor at least once per month via email, telephone or Skype, even if they are abroad or have graduated. You will also be expected to stay in contact with staff and provide feedback and a final case study when requested.

Yes. Students and graduates may participate in more than one round of the Career Mentor Scheme. You cannot apply to be mentored by the same mentor more than once however. If you have participated in the scheme before, you will be asked to explain on your application form why you feel participating again will be of benefit to you. 

Please note that the Career Mentoring Team reserve the right to reject a repeat application to the scheme, 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. Successful applicants will be introduced to their mentor via email after the compulsory mentee training. Please maintain contact at least once per month by email, messaging, phone, video call or in person.

If you and your mentor feel mutally comfortable meeting in person please follow the current UK Covid 19 government rules. If you are unsure of these rules, or require clarification, please contact the Career Mentor Scheme for advice (careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk).

In person meetings should take place in a public place, preferably at your mentor's place of work so that you can gain an insight into their everyday working environment, help you to understand the culture of the company, and gain possible networking opportunities. This will not be possible for all mentors, so in this case we advise that you meet in an appropriate public location. Always inform a parent, guardian or friend when and where you plan to meet your mentor.

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. Successful applicants will be introduced to their mentor via email after the compulsory mentee training.

Mentees matched with non UK-based mentors are not expected to meet their mentor in person, so we ask that you take the lead in maintaining contact at least once per month via email, messaging, phone or video call. 

Successful mentees will need to complete a compulsory training session before the mentoring begins.  Before starting the training, you will be given a Mentee Support Guide, which acts as a useful resource with skills development activity ideas and a step-by-step guide throughout the mentoring process. Please ensure you have read this guide before you begin the training.

At the start of the scheme, you will be asked to select from a list of objectives within the Mentee Support Guide that you would like to achieve by the end of the scheme. The guide also contains a month-by-month action plan to help you and your mentor plan your communications and activities throughout the duration of the scheme. See resources for mentees for further support and downloadable materials.

All mentees are encouraged to contact a member of the team if they have any questions, require further support, or encounter any problems at careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk or call 01392 722034.

It is understandable that you could feel nervous when first contacting your mentor or when meeting them for the first time. Remember, you mentor is interested in helping you with your career aspirations, so please relax and remember they were once in your shoes! Please also remain polite and thank your mentor for any help.

The Mentee Support Guide has a list of suggestions of topics and tips of what you could talk about when you first meet or contact your mentor. See resources for mentees for Mentee Support Guide download.

Please contact a member of the team if you have any questions or require further support at careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk 

By signing up to this scheme, mentors agreed to maintain contact with their mentee throughout the duration of the scheme. The level of contact expected is a minimum of at least once per month via email, telephone or Skype. Please be patient with your mentor as there will  be periods when they are very busy or could be on holiday. However, mentors should inform you when these busy periods are coming up, just as you the mentee should also inform their mentors of when you will be unavailable (e.g. holiday or exam periods) to avoid any confusion.

If you have not heard from your mentor in a long time, please contact a member of the team at careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk