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Are you a Sheffield graduate? Can you share your experience and help a student? Whether you’re a Bank Manager in Birmingham, a Solicitor in Sheffield, or a Town Planner in Tokyo – you can make a real difference to Sheffield students on our eMentoring scheme.

Become a mentor - shape the future talent

Our students know there’s no better way to explore their employment options than by talking to someone actually doing the job.

Register as a mentor and you can share your valuable experience while developing your own skills at the same time. Plus, you’ll be strengthening your links to the University and our pool of motivated students.

As a mentor, you will
  • Communication via email and/or Skype – we know our mentors are busy people
  • Flexible schedule – typically one exchange per week, for eight to ten weeks.
  • Two schemes per year, operating October-December and February-May.
What can you bring?
  • The answers to these questions: What does a particular job involve? What are the skills required and the challenges? What’s the recruitment process?
  • Advice on how to gain and present relevant experience to employers.
  • Support with CV’s, interview tips, networking and getting ‘work ready’.
What can the scheme offer you?
  • Personal and professional development.
  • A new perspective – look at your job with fresh eyes.
  • Profile raising for your company and a pipeline to our graduate talent.
What students say

Tireni Ladega

Second year Economics BA

My mentor was a recent graduate at PwC, and it was extremely useful to hear from someone who had recently completed the application process and could offer me some hints and tips.

Furthermore, by having regular contact with someone in the financial services industry I was able to gain a real in depth feel of the ‘big four’ environment and the types of projects that I would be involved in if I joined one of their graduate programmes.

The advice I received from my mentor confirmed my interest to pursue a career within the financial services industry, and also helped me to secure a summer internship at Deloitte. I’m extremely grateful to my mentor for all his time and advice he has given me.


Marianne Thurgood

Second year English Language and Linguistics BA

My mentor has supported me with developing my CV, job applications and interview skills, and has even provided me with some freelance work.

Above all though, having contact with an alumnus has reassured me; the prospect of competing in the graduate job market is a daunting one, but knowing that my mentor was in the same position just a few years ago makes me feel confident that I can get to where I want to be.

I’m so grateful for her giving up her time for me. Alumni can act as a support network for undergraduates who might not always have one.

I’m interested, how do I apply?
eMentoring timeline - what happens when
  • 27 September - Student Applications Open
  • 15 October - Deadline for Applications 
  • 4 - 22 October - Mentee Inductions/Matching
  • 11 October - 17 December - Mentoring Delivery (Contact Period)
  • 17 December - End of Scheme
  • 15 January 2022 - Deadline for mentees to return HEAR docs. Evaluation

eMentoring Awards 2021

In 2021, we facilitated over 500 eMentoring partnerships between a diverse range of students and mentors from a wide range of professions. We have loved hearing your stories.  eMentoring provides students with a fantastic insight into different industries and provides an excellent volunteering experience for our dedicated mentors.

We are especially thankful to our alumni volunteers; we truly appreciate the difference your time makes to our students’ lives and their student experience. 

We are thrilled to share with you the winners of the 2021 eMentoring awards.


Mentor of the Year – Nick Parrott, Journalist, BBC TV

“Nick has been fully committed to his role as a mentor and has helped improve my confidence, networking and skills required to become a successful broadcast journalist.

His support and encouragement have pushed me to set up my own Spotify podcast, in which I interview professional boxers. Without Nick's support, I feel I would not have had the confidence to do this. After my first episode went live, Fight Post UK (a boxing media outlet) approached me and asked me to write for them.  I have also begun writing for Spurs Web (Tottenham's fan site). Without these suggestions, I would not have gained more work experience which will benefit my employability.

I feel much better equipped for applying for jobs at the end of my final year. I now have more experience and much stronger networking opportunities and connections. He has gone above and beyond; I am extremely grateful for all he has done and could not have asked for a better mentor”

Hannah Lucas, Journalism Studies, Final Year


Mentee of the Year – Aslihan Ilgin Okan, Computer Science, 2nd year

Picture of Aslihan Ilgin Okan

From the first contact I had with Ilgin, I could tell I had been matched with someone looking to proactively engage and get the absolute most out of the mentoring program.  I was stunned by the amount of preparation and hard work that Ilgin had put into each meeting. She always came with a full notebook of plans, notes, previous actions, questions and clarifications. Including a personal Kanban board for the current state of work.

It really felt that every meeting had a positive impact for both of us in our respective professional development and this is no doubt due to the hard work and dedication that Ilgin put in to making sure she came prepared, enthusiastic and eager to get the most out of each interaction.

I really couldn't have asked for a better Mentee. I am so thankful to this program for introducing me to someone that I'm sure will achieve many great things in the future

Jason Cabot, Software Developer, Microsoft


Highly Commended – Jacob Pompe, Aerospace Engineering, Final Year

Highly Commended Jacob Pompe

Jacob started the mentoring scheme very well prepared. From the first email up until the end, Jacob has demonstrated impressive professional (e.g. interpersonal, presentation, leadership…) skills. An overall objective for him was to secure a contract with an aerospace company after his MEng - he did brilliant for all the interviews and quickly managed to receive an offer from Leonardo for their graduate scheme.

Throughout the scheme, Jacob listened with a lot of attention, took notes to retrieve tips and asked many pertinent questions. He always showed a high level of motivation during our sessions and he created a very good environment for me to mentor him, but also for himself to achieve all his objectives. It was a real pleasure mentoring Jacob. I wish him all the best in his early career and I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding addition to the Leonardo staff

Julien Dogoude, System Design Engineer, Rolls Royce

Contact us

For any further information or enquiries contact Dawn Allcock:

Phone: + 44 114 222 0935 

Email: careermentoring@sheffield.ac.uk.

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