Careers and Employability Service (CES) Mentoring Scheme

The Careers and Employability Service (CES) Mentoring Scheme is open to all students at the University and recent graduates from the last three years. You will need to be able to commit to meeting with your mentor on at least five occasions during the six-month relationship.

All of our mentors are experienced professionals who work in a variety of roles and industries. They can help to provide you with realistic guidance, advice and other opportunities to develop. The scheme runs from November – June and the application process involves an application form, group interview and introduction session.

Examples of previous employers participating in this scheme include:

  • Al Jazeera
  • JP Morgan
  • ASOS
  • MC & C Media
  • Bloomberg
  • Michael Kors
  • Duncan Lewis
  • Microsoft
  • Ernst & Young
  • Ogilvy & Mather Advertising
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Google
  • The Entertainment Bureau
  • Universal Music

National Mentoring Consortium (NMC) Mentoring Scheme

If you are a UK undergraduate student and come from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, you

will be eligible for this scheme, which is part of the National Mentoring Consortium and aims to promote equality and diversity in graduate recruitment.

If you meet the criteria for the NMC Mentoring Scheme, you will automatically be considered for a place on this scheme should we find a suitable match.

Examples of previous employers participating in this scheme include:

  • Barclays
  • Met Police Service
  • Bank of England
  • Royal National Theatre
  • Dept. for Work and Pensions
  • The Crown Prosecution Service
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • UK Border Force
  • HM Treasury

Commitments during the scheme

If you are accepted onto the mentoring scheme, you must be able to make the following commitments:

  • Attend an assessment day which will include an introduction to the scheme, an assessment activity, a brief group interview and a short training session
  • Attend the Meet Your Mentor event
  • Meet your mentor at least 5 times between November and June, with each meeting lasting at least 1 hour
  • Take the lead in scheduling these meetings, developing your learning objectives and providing us with monthly feedback
  • Submit a mid-term review and an end of scheme evaluation form

Application Process and Key Dates

  • 10 September – Applications open. You will be able to submit your application from this date
     
  • 5 October – Applications close. In order for your application to be taken further, it must be submitted by this deadline
     
  • September 1 October– 1517 October – Group Interview and Introduction Sessions. These will consist of an introduction to the scheme, an assessment activity, a brief group interview and a short training session
     
  • October – Matching takes place. During this time, the mentoring team will be carrying out the matching process
     
  • w/c 29th October – Matches communicated. You will be emailed the details of your mentor and will be expected to initiate contact within 3 working days
     
  • 2 November – NMC Training Event. This is a separate training event in which those on the NMC Mentoring Scheme are required to attend
     
  • Early November (exact date TBC) – Meet your Mentor Event. You will be invited to meet your mentor and network with other mentors at this popular event
     
  • March (exact date TBC) – Networking Event. The mentoring team will be hosting a networking event with all mentees and mentors on the scheme. This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with other mentors from a multitude of industries
     
  • May (exact date TBC)– NMC Awards Ceremony. This is a separate awards ceremony for all those matched on the NMC Scheme and will celebrate the achievements of the participants
     
  • June (exact date TBC) – Awards Ceremony. This is the final event of the scheme, mentors and mentees will be recognised for their participation and achievements on the mentoring scheme – another great networking event!

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