It’s never too early to think about your options after graduation.
If you want to find out more about what a particular job involves, day to day, and the best route in, a mentor can be a great sounding board for your ideas, and help you to stand out from the crowd when you do move into the jobs market.
To apply for the mentoring scheme, you must be on a university networked PC. If you're not on campus, you can set up a VPN to register.
What is it?
- Your chance to network with a professional doing a job that interests you.
- Practical advice, an insider’s insight, and an opportunity to develop your skills.
- A great way to find out more about the world of work.
- Two schemes per year, operating October-December and February-May.
What will I gain?
- Top tips on the application and recruitment process.
- The confidence to secure that interview.
- Use it as part of your HEAR
How does it work?
- Communication via email and/or Skype.
- Typically one exchange with your mentor per week for 7-10 weeks.
- Training and guidance provided to support your mentoring partnership.
Who are the mentors?
- Successful professionals in a range of roles.
- Sheffield graduates who’ve been where you are now and can share their experience.
- Employers who are interested in getting to know you.
Read the factsheet for mentees to find out more.
See the eMentoring timeline for what happens when.
Applications for the autumn scheme are now open (deadline for student applications is 12 October)
You need to be on the campus network for the registration link to work. If you're not on campus, you can set up a VPN.
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What students say:
Tireni Ladega, 2nd Year BA Economics student
"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, 2nd Year BA English Language & Linguistics student
“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.”
Denise Osei, 3rd Year Law (with French Law)
"I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to meet my mentor, a Policy Officer for the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment in Brussels. She helped by giving me advice on how to pursue a career in politics or law at one of the EU institutions and our conversations centred on how my studies could help with my future aspirations.
During my year abroad in Belgium, I received an invitation from my mentor to meet her at work to live ‘a day in her life’. This was an experience I will never forget and shows just how mentoring can help you discover new and exciting things."
Each year we name a mentee and mentor of the year, as well as runners up for the scheme. Find out who won.