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.
Student applications for the spring 2020 programme are now closed. Applications for the autumn programme will open in September 2020 but you can express your interest now.
What is it?
It's a great way to find out more about the world of work as you are able to network with a professional doing a job that interests you. They can provide practical advice, an insider’s insight, and an opportunity to develop your skills. Two schemes operate per year - October - December and February - May.
You will gain top tips on the application and recruitment process and the confidence to secure that interview. You can also use it as part of your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
How does it work?
- You will be matched to successful Sheffield graduates who are now professionals in a range of roles, who can share their experience and who are interested in getting to know you.
- Communication will be via email and/or Skype. There will typically be one exchange with your mentor per week for 7-10 weeks.
- Training and guidance will be provided to support your mentoring partnership.
- Find out more by reading our factsheet for mentees and check out the eMentoring timeline for what happens when.
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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."
Goodness Ngodigba, MSc Data Science
More testimonials are available via the Information School.
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