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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. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the first time with us on the June 2023-November 2023 scheme please complete the Expression of Interest form.


Returning Mentor? We will invite you to complete our Disclaimer form prior to the start of the June 2023-November 2023 scheme.

**Important notice for all mentors: Our mentoring schemes are still going ahead in a remote format, but we would advise the use of video conference, telephone and email in order to conduct your mentoring partnerships as safely as possible.The Career Mentoring Team are currently working from home and can be reached via the usual 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.**

(If you are a current student or recent graduate viewing this page, please see our student and graduate webpage.)

The Career Mentor Scheme has been bringing bright, enthusiastic Exeter students and recent graduates together with successful professionals in mutually beneficial mentoring partnerships for over 10 years. 

Our mentors are professionals from all different sectors and professions who volunteer to support students and graduates by providing invaluable insight, advice and guidance into their chosen career via email, telephone or video call at least once per month for up to 6-months.

Our mentors are a mix of alumni and non-alumni, from all sectors and professions and are based in the UK and overseas.

  • We take an up to date profile from you and advertise your ‘mentoring opportunity’ for current students and recent graduates to apply to be formally mentored by you.
  • We hand match the right applicant to you.
  • Your mentee will receive training to learn how to be a responsible mentee.
  • Access to new mentor online training, a written guide to the scheme and on-line employability resources.
  • Access to a network of fellow career mentors, many of whom are Alumni.
  • Regular follow up from the Mentoring Team to check on progress and offer support.
  • Formal recognition of your volunteering hours by the University of Exeter's Global Advancement Team.
  • An invitation to the Vice Chancellor’s Summer Garden Party. (Covid-19 dependant).
  • Access to bright and enthusiastic undergraduate/postgraduate students and graduates who can provide a fresh view of your organisation.
  • The satisfaction of helping students and graduates to realise their true potential, whilst reflecting upon your own career achievements.
  • Voluntary experience to enhance your CV.
  • Develop and utilise existing professional and personal support skills.
  • Engagement with a world class University.

We ask that all our mentors have:

  • Professional experience in any graduate career sector with three-years minimum experience (mentors range from graduate trainees to managers and company directors) 
  • An email address or telephone number they can share with their mentee 
  • A keen interest in supporting students and graduates to improve their employability
  • Willingness to support one or more students and graduates for up to 6-months on a voluntary (unpaid) basis
  • Mentors can be based in the UK or overseas

You may also access mentoring support and training resources for more information. 

The aim of the Career Mentor Scheme is to give mentees an opportunity to gain an insight into their preferred employment sector, develop personal networks and employability skills through the help of a mentor.

Some mentees have a clear idea of the career path they intend to follow and would like a mentor who can provide real-life insight into that sector and potentially opportunities for practical experience. Others may be less sure of which career path to follow and would appreciate the help of a mentor to provide insight and inspiration into their sector.

We also encourage entrepreneurial students and graduates to apply and match them to mentors who have successfully been through the business start-up process already. These mentees may already have a business plan they would like to develop, or would like an insight into the life of an entrepreneur.

You may access the current mentor support and training resources which will provide you with more information, links to documents and web resources on how to support a mentee with careers guidance.

Contact is expected to be made at least once per month by email, messaging, phone, video call or in person. If you and your mentee feel mutally comfortable meeting in person, please follow the current UK Covid 19 government rules. 

In person meetings can take place at your place of work so that the mentee can gain insight into your everyday working environment and to help them understand the culture of the company. If you are unable to meet your mentee at your place of work, we advise that you meet instead in an appropriate public location.

We understand that mentors based outside of the UK are not likely to meet their mentee in person, so we ask that you maintain contact at least once per month via email, messaging, phone, video call.

The scheme is open to all students from all disciplines, so you could expect to be matched with an undergraduate or postgraduate student based at our Exeter campuses or Cornwall campuses. We are also open to University of Exeter graduates, who have graduated within the last three years. 

When you sign up as a mentor you will have the chance to specify whether or not you are happy to mentor graduates as well as students, and the number of mentees you feel you could support at one time during the 6-month scheme.

All mentees attend a compulsory online training session before the start of the scheme to help prepare them for the mentoring process and are supplied with a support guide and ongoing support throughout the scheme.

At the start of each mentoring partnership, every mentor is sent a copy of the mentor support guide via email, which acts as a useful resource and a step-by-step guide throughout the mentoring process.

Optional training for new mentors is available on the resources for mentors section.

You can find various career related resources that may be useful in discussions with your mentee on the resources for mentors section. 

All mentors are encouraged to contact a member of the team if they have any questions or encounter any problems by emailing The Career mentor Scheme Team are working from home for the forseeable future and so phone lines are not currently being answered. Please use email to contact us. 

Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a mentor. 

If you have not previously registered as a mentor on the scheme and are interested in taking part in the June 2023-November 2023 scheme please complete the Expression of Interest form.

If you are already a registered mentor and wish to mentor again on the June 2023-November 2023 scheme, we will be in touch prior to the commencement of the scheme inviting you to complete the Disclaimer form.

Duration: 6 months in duration. June 2022-November 2022

Mentees: The scheme is open to undergraduate/postgraduate students and graduates (within the last 3 years) from all colleges and campuses.

Level of contact: Mentoring partnerships are expected to maintain contact at least once a month for 1-2 hours, via email, telephone or video conference. 

Expected timeline summary:

December 2021 Applications are now open
March 2022

Closing date for mentor applications: Monday 14th February 2022

Mentoring opportunies are advertised to mentees from Monday 07 March 2022

March 2022 Mentees selected and trained
April 2022 Mentees selected and trained
May 2022 Mentees selected and trained
June 2022

Mentors and mentees are introduced by email

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

Feedback sought

Duration: Six months in duration. December 2022-May 2023

Mentees: The scheme is open to undergraduate/postgraduate students and graduates (within the last 3 years) from all colleges and campuses.

Level of contact: Mentoring partnerships are expected to maintain contact at least onvce a month for 1-2 hours, via email, telephone or video conference. 

Expected timeline summary:

May 2022 Applications open
August 2022 Closing date for mentor applications: Friday 26th August 2022
September 2022

Mentoring opportunities are advertised to mentees from Monday 12th September 2022 - Friday 4th November 2022

Mentees are selected and trained

October 2022 Mentees are selected and trained
November 2022

Mentees are selected and trained

Mentee applications close Friday 4th November 2022.

December 2022

Mentors and mentees are introduced by email.

Mentoring month 1

January 2023 Mentoring month 2
February 2023 Mentoring month 3
March 2023 Mentoring month 4
April 2023 Mentoring month 5
May 2023

Mentoring month 6

Feedback sought.


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