Mentoring Scheme for Third Years

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Calling all final year Politics / IR students - sign up to our exciting new mentoring scheme!

This year, you have the chance to be mentored by a professional working in foreign policy and diplomacy, the civil service, think tanks, political consultancy, communications and many other areas. Discover what career options are available to you with a politics / IR degree, by talking to a professional working in a relevant field. And if you don’t know what you’d like to do next, or even what to expect in a day-to-day work environment outside Uni, sign up for a mentor to talk through any career related issue.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring involves one person (the mentor) sharing their knowledge, skills and experience to assist another person (the mentee) to progress in their own lives and plan their careers. It is a form of semi-structured guidance - the mentor should act as an advisor, guide, supporter, sounding board and, sometimes, as a role model. The main aim of one-to-one mentoring is to build knowledge, capability and self-reliance in the mentee, but can also be a two-way learning relationship which provides useful feedback and reflection opportunities for both mentee and mentor. Mentoring should be a positive, developmental relationship, which is driven primarily by the mentee and through which the mentee can take responsibility for their own development. Mentors could offer you: 

  • An insight into their job

  • A chance to discuss potential career options with an experienced professional 

  • Advice on how to apply your skills from university in a wide range of jobs and sectors

  • Assistance in developing your networking skills and how to approach planning your next steps after graduating 

How does it work?

The programme offers a minimum of three, hour-long mentoring sessions, either face-to-face or by Skype over the course of the scheme, which will run from October 2019 to May 2020. The scheme is open exclusively to final-year politics undergraduates (including dual honours students).

How can I apply? 

  1. The application window opens at 09.00 on Monday, October 14th. 

  2. Submit your application here. This includes a 500 word statement setting out what you’d like to get from mentoring.

  3. We have a limited number of mentors so get your application in quickly - applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The application window closes at 23.59 on October 24th. 

  4. Mentee and mentor pairings will be notified on Tuesday, October 29th.

  5. A mentee induction session will take place from 12.30pm to 2pm on Friday, November 1st in the Alfred Denny Building Conference Room. All mentees matched with a mentor are strongly encouraged to attend. 

How can I find out more before I consider applying? 

Take a look at this guide, or come along to our two drop-in sessions to find out more and ask any questions:

  • Wednesday, October 9 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Elmfield 216 

  • Thursday, October 10 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Elmfield 216