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.
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.
- Complete the form to register your interest in becoming a mentor.
- Read the 'Factsheet for mentors' - find out more about the programme before you apply.
- How does the scheme work?
- Communication with your mentee online via email, phone and video call - we know our mentors are busy people.
- Typically one exchange per week, for eight to ten weeks - this can be arranged with your mentee to suit both of your schedules.
- Two schemes per year, operating October-December and February-May - you can make yourself available to mentees depending on your schedule.
- eMentoring timeline - what happens when
The Spring 2023 eMentoring programme came to an end in May. The Autumn programme will run next academic year. Mentors will be invited to sign up to the scheme from August 2023 with a view to connect with a student by mid October. The Autumn programme will run until mid December.
- 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
"My mentor has been really helpful in giving me an insight into the field and showing me that it is not as daunting as it may first seem. They have helped me to feel more confident in my own abilities and shown me how to utilise the skills I already have to make myself a better candidate."
Final year Hispanic Studies student
"I would highly recommend the eMentoring scheme to other students. It enabled me to clarify what sector I want to go into and figure out what roles would be best suited to me. My mentor also helped prepare me for post-graduation life, helping me with applications, my CV and doing practice interviews."
Final year Journalism student
"I highly recommend this scheme to everyone, not only from the perspective of searching career option but also to network with these bright individuals. I feel very motivated and have built more positive outlooks into my future".
Second year Biomedical Science student
"It is one of the most beneficial programmes I have undertaken in my academic journey."
First year Law student
- What mentors say
"The programme is an excellent opportunity to share experiences and work with highly motivated students who are preparing the first steps in their professional careers."
"I would wholeheartedly recommend the scheme to students and alumni as a rewarding and enriching experience for both."
"A very rewarding and enjoyable experience. Very well managed and coordinated by the professional, responsive and helpful Careers Service staff. I wholeheartedly recommend this programme to students and alumni."
"It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to be a mentor and yet you can make a big difference to the students you are supporting. It's good to feel you are really helping a student at the University of Sheffield."
eMentoring Awards 2023
This year we have 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.
Thank you! - We are especially thankful to our alumni volunteers; we truly appreciate the difference your time makes to our students’ lives and their student experience.
After reading through your nominations, we are thrilled to share with you the winners of the 2023 eMentoring awards.
Mentor of the Year – Jordan Piper (BA History 2004)
I really enjoy participating in the eMentoring programme. The mentoring relationship is symbiotic and I find it challenging and rewarding. It’s a great way to keep in touch with the current generation of students at the University of Sheffield and to hear about their studies, hopes and dreams. It’s an honour to have the opportunity to help them achieve their goals through mentoring"
Highly Commended – Andy Hutchinson, Electrical Engineer, Atkins (MEng Electronic Engineering 2013 & PhD in Energy Storage Applications 2023)
The eMentoring programme has always been a great way to continue to support the current generations of students in their early careers. It is vital that alumni continue to get involved and help share their experiences, and it is something that has been very rewarding over the past 10 years. My mentee this year, Garima, made my job very easy with her eagerness to succeed and I am delighted that she was able to get two summer roles on the back of our sessions."
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