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Career Mentoring

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Connect to a world of expertise

Career Mentoring offers you the opportunity to be supported with your career goals by a member of our alumni community.

Our career mentors are drawn from different sectors and professions, are at varying stages of their careers and have all volunteered their time to provide one-to-one support and advice.

The mentoring relationship will develop through regular telephone and online contact for a four-month period, giving you time to benefit from your mentor's professional experience and knowledge. 

Your next steps

Submit an expression of interest form to gain access to the mentoring microsite which contains over 150 mentor profiles and the application form.

Applications close Sunday 10 October.

Submit expression of interest  Read our blog: My Career Mentoring Experience
Career mentoring has been approved as a new module for the Nottingham Advantage Award. Log in and view the module catalogue for the full specification.
Headshot of mentee Lowri White

The opportunity to get advice and insight from someone who had been in my position and has experience in the sector I wanted to go into was really invaluable!

Lowri White, third year BA Classics

Read Lowri's blog: Why You Should Apply to the Career Mentoring Programme


Why take part?

A career mentor can help you:

  • gain insight into the sector you wish to enter
  • develop interpersonal and networking skills
  • reflect on your experience and knowledge
  • feel inspired and confident to take your next steps.

Read our blog: Career Mentoring: Figuring Out My Strengths and Exploring Careers

Who is it for?

  • All students registered on an undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • 2021 graduates

When will the mentoring take place?

Autumn scheme: November - March

Make the most of mentoring

What is mentoring?

  • A voluntary partnership between a more experienced individual (mentor) and a less experienced one (mentee)
  • A relationship based on a set of mutually agreed guidelines of behaviour
  • A tool to support your personal development
  • A learning process for both mentor and mentee

How can I get the most out of mentoring?

  • Take responsibility for your own learning and personal development
  • Accept constructive feedback
  • Be open and honest about yourself
  • Maintain boundaries and confidentiality
  • Have realistic expectations that are shared and agreed with the mentor
  • Commit time and energy to the mentoring relationship

Will there be training?

Yes, if you are matched with a mentor we provide you with online training and resources to help you approach mentoring with confidence. The training will take approximately one hour to complete.

Hear from previous participants

The mentee: Nerissa Culi

Hear how mentoring helped fourth-year neuroscience student Nerissa feel inspired about her future career

The mentor: Amy Prosser

 Hear why Amy, senior scientist at Sygnature Discovery, chose to mentor Nottingham students


More from our previous mentors and mentees

Headshot of Giles Woodhouse
Developing people is a core driver for me and one that gives me immense satisfaction; the mentoring complements my coaching practice and is something I look forward to.

Giles Woodhouse 

Chief Strategy Officer at Wessex Archaeology 

HEadshot of mentee Mila Apostolova
It’s not only a great experience but also a great way to learn more about yourself and what you want for your future from experts in your preferred field of work.

Mila Apostolova

Second year BA International Media and Communications Studies

Headshot of mentee Sharandeep Bhogal
Before I started the scheme, I had a range of previous work experience but I was not sure of what career I wanted to do. Prachi helped tease out the skills I’d gained from my work experience and how to use those skills to find out what career I would like to pursue.

Sharandeep Bhogal

BSc Management (2020)


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