Careers and Employability Service
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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 over six months (December to May), giving you time to benefit from your mentor's professional experience and knowledge. 

Your next steps

Apply from September 2018.

Complete our expression of interest


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

Find out more about how to make the most of mentoring.

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 you 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

Hear from previous participants

The mentee

Jemima Wilgoss

Jemima Willgoss

Food Science student

Mentee since 2017

Seeking insights into the nutrition and food sector


 It’s really helpful and reassuring to have someone to guide you through the tricky processes and to give you such useful advice on things that otherwise you may not be able to comprehend or know about. Thanks to Sam, I now have a clear plan of action. 


The mentor

Sam Higginson

Samuel Higginson

Food Science, 2016

Food Technologist, Marks & Spencers

Current Mentor


I became a career mentor to help guide students when looking at potential career options as I know how daunting all the different options can be. I’ve enjoyed mentoring Jemima and hope to continue to support her through her remaining time at university.


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