The University of Westminster Mentoring scheme connects students with professionals for a long term mentoring relationship. As a facilitator of personal and professional growth, our mentors can help you to succeed by enhancing your employability through confidence building, networking and developing key employability skills.
By sharing knowledge and insights gained through the years, you will be given the chance to learn about opportunities available in specific areas. With the help of a mentor as a role model, you can build a solid foundation of skills to launch a variety of successful careers.
As a student on the scheme, you will be required to meet with your mentor for a minimum of 5 sessions (6 sessions on the NMC scheme) between October and June, usually at the mentor's workplace. More details can be found on this page.
Who can apply for a mentoring scheme
CDC Mentoring Scheme
The Career Development Centre Mentoring Scheme is open to all students at the University and recent graduates from the last 3 years. You will need to be able to commit to meeting with your mentor on at least 5 occasions during the six-month relationship.
Employers participating on this scheme include:
- Al Jazeera
- JP Morgan
- MC & C Media
- Michael Kors
- Duncan Lewis
- Ernst & Young
- Ogilvy & Mather Advertising
- Formula One Management
- The Entertainment Bureau
- Hodge Jones & Allen
- Universal Music
- Urbanist Architecture Ltd
NMC Mentoring Scheme
If you are a UK undergraduate student and come from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, you can apply 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. However, if you wish to only be considered for the CDC Mentoring Scheme you will have the opportunity to opt out of the NMC scheme when completing the application form.
Employers participating on this scheme include:
- Atkins Global
- Kennedys Law LLP
- 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
- Wolseley UK
We will use the information you provide in your application form to match you to a mentor from a relevant background. However, this is not guaranteed. A mentor from another career area will also be able to draw on a range of skills to develop, advise and support you, and may be able to use their professional network to connect you with colleagues in areas of interest to you.
For Home or EU Undergraduates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds who select the CDC scheme, we may occasionally offer you a mentor from the NMC scheme if we think we have a particularly good career match for you.
Benefits of having a Mentor
By being matched with a mentor on our scheme you will be given the opportunity to gain a positive role model who will be able to help and guide you to reach your potential. By participating in the mentoring scheme, you will benefit from:
- Acquiring an understanding of the professional world
- Gaining insight into chosen career areas
- Increasing your professional network
- Developing your employability skills
- Building your self-confidence
Included in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
You will also benefit from the Mentoring Scheme being included in your HEAR if you complete all the requirements of the scheme.
The HEAR is your online record of all your achievements at the University, helping you demonstrate your potential to future employers.
Every session I have had with my mentor has been insightful and has taught me lessons that will help me beyond university and in to my professional career. The meetings and activities were always thought provoking in different ways and have encouraged me to be proactive in my own future development.
The CDC Mentoring Scheme has proved to be an amazing opportunity, where I have been able to get a real insight into the skills and character attributes needed to become a successful solicitor. The scheme overall has allowed me to think forward and beyond allowing me to prepare myself for the future in the best possible way.
Prior to my participation in the CDC Mentoring Scheme I was unsure what discipline I wanted to pursue. My mentor kindly arranged work experience for me in several laboratories within the hospital to guide me with my decision. He also supported me throughout my journey of securing a placement from helping me with interviews to increasing my confidence and my speaking power.
This is by far the most well organised and effective mentoring scheme I have participated in. I felt that I was able to offer very relevant advice and support to my mentee, and learn a lot from her areas of interest at the same time
My three students have energised my working life, helping me to think more strategically and showing me how much they want to achieve.
It has been a pleasure to come back to Westminster as a mentor. I have been hugely impressed by the dedication and drive of my mentee and it has been a privilege to work with them.
‘Ask a Mentor’ Service
Our mentoring schemes have been so popular that we have decided to launch a brand new ‘Ask a Mentor’ service for industry specific queries and career insights.
The ‘Ask a Mentor’ service will allow you the opportunity to have a one-off conversation with an experienced professional from our diverse and hugely talented pool of mentors. Open to all current students and recent graduates, you can apply for this service throughout the year by filling in a short application form.
Once we have received and reviewed your application we will shortlist suitable mentors according to your needs. We will then email you with details of mentor(s) who would be available to have a one-off conversation with you.
Other mentoring schemes
You can also find your own mentor from current or previous employment, professional bodies, sports clubs and other interests, family and friends. Some examples of internal and external mentoring organisations include:
- Postgraduate and MBA International Mentoring Programme – mentoring scheme for full-time international Postgraduate, Masters or MBA students at the Westminster Business School.
- Mentoring from IME via the Milkround site – mentoring from the Inspire, Motivate and Engage organisation, sign up via Milkround+
- John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme – for young journalists
- MentorSET – for women in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- Shell-livewire – online support for young entrepreneurs
- Laamiga Women’s Mentoring and Training – for migrant and refugee women
- Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Mentoring Programmes
If you have any questions about our schemes, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor for one of our students, contact us, you can also find out more about becoming a mentor on our mentoring webpage.
- CDC Mentoring Scheme – [email protected]
- NMC Mentoring Scheme – [email protected]
- Ask A Mentor Service – [email protected]
Mentoring Scheme Team
Mentoring Scheme Administrator
Aviva Spiers – [email protected]