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Career Mentoring Scheme

Mentoring provides you with career support from a professional in the field you are aspiring to enter.

"The mentoring scheme has been such a good experience; it's also really helped me decide exactly what sort of field that I wanted to go into after uni."

UWE Bristol Student

What are the benefits?

The benefits of mentoring can be an invaluable opportunity to learn from someone with experience in a career that interests you, through which you can develop relevant employability skills and knowledge. You can learn more about the:

  • realities of doing a particular job
  • how to succeed during selection
  • how to improve your job prospects and lots more.

Previous UWE Bristol undergraduates who have had a career mentor have benefited greatly, and it is evidenced based that having a career mentor can improve your graduate job prospects immensely.

Our Career Mentoring Schemes have been run over a number of years and students have reported many benefits, including:

  • practical support and encouragement in applying for jobs and accessing opportunities in the graduate labour market
  • information and insight on job roles, organisations, career structure and opportunities
  • individualised career planning and support
  • an opportunity to assess and learn how to demonstrate key employability skills.

Career Mentoring Scheme outline

Mentors and mentees will meet up to four times over an agreed period of time. As a guideline, meetings will normally last 60 minutes. It is up to each partnership to decide how and when they decide to schedule these meetings. Meetings are normally conducted in the Mentor’s place of work. Involvement in the CMS is purely voluntary, and travel or other expenses are not provided at this stage.

We particularly encourage applications from students who are from groups that are under-represented in the graduate labour market including:

  • those who have a disability
  • those from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Am I eligible?

  • You must be a current full-time level 2 UWE Bristol undergraduate student.
  • You must be UK domiciled.
  • You must commit to attending a briefing meeting.

How to apply

Applications for the CMS are made via the online form on InfoHub.

Places are limited for the scheme and will be allocated based on why you would like to take part and what you hope to gain from being mentored.  We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate clear aims and objectives for participating in the mentoring scheme and can make the necessary commitments.  If you need help with your application, please use our careers services.

For more information about our CMS, please contact us through 'My Questions' on InfoHub.

What our students and graduates say about the programme

"The experience has been delightful. It’s been great to talk with someone outside university. Having a mentor has also kept me going on more actively to find a job and to make sure I have everything I need to be a successful applicant."
UWE Bristol Graduate

"(My mentor) helped me put together a distinctive CV and with this I have now been offered my dream job."
UWE Bristol Student

What employers say about the programme

"I’ve lost count with the number of students I’ve mentored, as ever it’s been an interesting and rewarding experience."

"Mentoring has been very rewarding for me as (the student) has been very proactive and came with clear goals. It was a great match of mentor and mentee."

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