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This year the Career Mentor Scheme celebrates its tenth birthday! To find out what fellow mentees have gained from the Career Mentor Scheme, see our case studies. For a selection of current opportunities see our My Career Zone feed!

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

Career Mentor Scheme

The Career Mentor Scheme is a popular employability scheme which matches a student or graduate with an experienced professional, for sector insight and one-to-one careers advice and guidance, for 6 months. 

(If you are a current or potential mentor viewing this page, please see our mentor webpages.)

  • 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 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 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.

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 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 Employment Type: 'Mentoring Opportunity', 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.

*If you are a graduate applying to the scheme, you may have difficulties in accessing My Career Zone. 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.

Duration: 6-months in duration (May 2019 – October 2019)

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

When and how do I apply? Applications open Monday 21st January 2019 and close on Monday 4th March 2019. 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 2019 Applications open from Monday 21st January 2019
March 2019 Application closing date - Monday 4th March 2019
  Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place
April 2019

Mentor and mentee are introduced via email

May 2019

Mentoring month 1

Meet your Mentor Event (Invited mentees only)

June 2019 Mentoring month 2
July 2019 Mentoring month 3
August 2019 Mentoring month 4
September 2019 Mentoring month 5
October 2019 Mentoring month 6 - Partnerships contacted for feedback

Duration: 6-months in duration (November 2019 – April 2020)

Who can apply? Open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and all graduates who have graduated within the last three years.

When and how do I apply? Applications open Monday 2nd September 2019 and close on Monday 14th October 2019. Apply in My Career Zone (select 'View Current Jobs', then select 'Mentoring Opportunities' and filter by career sector).

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

Expected timeline summary:

September 2019 Student Applications open from Monday 2nd September 2019
October 2019 Application closing date - Monday 14th October 2019
  Mentees are selected. Mentee training takes place
November 2019

Mentor and mentee are introduced via email

December 2019 Mentoring month 2
January 2020 Mentoring month 3
February 2020 Mentoring month 4
March 2020 Mentoring month 5
April 2020 Mentoring month 6 - Partnerships contacted for feedback

 

Please save the date- Tuesday 26th November, 6-8pm for the 'Meet Your Mentor' event. Once you are matched with your mentor you will receive a formal invitation to come to this event to meet your mentor. 

  • Applications for the Autumn to Spring Scheme (November 2018 - April 2019) will be open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and graduates who have graduated within the last three years. Applications open from Monday 3rd September to Monday 15th October 2018.
  • 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 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 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 mentee 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 01392 722034.