What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a long-term relationship that meets a developmental need. A mentor facilitates personal and professional growth in an individual by sharing the knowledge and insights that have been learned through the years. Simply put, mentors are people who help others to succeed.

Our schemes are designed to widen the aspirations and enhance the personal effectiveness of students. With the help of their mentors as role models, students will build a solid foundation of skills from which to launch a variety of successful careers.

You will meet your mentor once or twice a month between October and May, usually at the mentor's workplace. The aim of both schemes is to build a mutually supportive relationship, with objectives that could include:

  • Improvement in study skills
  • Building self-confidence
  • Time management
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding of the working world

What are the benefits of having a mentor?

Did you know that communication is the number one skill that employers value in new graduates?

"Soft skills including communication skills and team working are the most important capabilities sought among new graduates, with over 85 per cent of employers regarding these as important." (Graduate Employability: The View of Employers - Council for Industry and Higher Education.)

By taking part in our schemes, you will have a fantastic opportunity to develop these skills and expand your knowledge and experience of the working world.

Included in your Higher Education Achievement Report

Mentoring is included in your HEAR.

The HEAR is your online record of all your achievements at the University, helping you demonstrate your potential to future employers.

The record includes your course marks as well as any extracurricular achievements.

Find out more on our HEAR webpage.

Undergraduate Ethnic Minority 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 promote equality and diversity in graduate recruitment.

Employers participating in this scheme include:

  • Atkins Global
  • Barclays
  • Bank of England
  • Dept for Work and Pensions
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • HM Treasury
  • Kennedys Law LLP
  • Met Police Service
  • Royal National Theatre
  • The Crown Prosecution Service
  • UK Border Force
  • Wolseley UK

"I am so glad that I participated in the mentoring scheme. Before joining the scheme I didn't really know where my future career was heading and I felt that I was lacking in guidance and confidence. My mentor was the perfect role model and helped me a lot by improving my CV, which consequently led me to secure two legal work placements." (Tasneem Uddin, 2nd year LLB Law student)

Applications for the scheme will open in September 2015 for the 2015/16 intake. 

Career Development Centre Scheme

This scheme is open to all students. Some of the employers participating include:

  • Al Jazeera
  • BBC
  • Daiwa Capital Markets
  • Empire Magazine
  • Ernst & Young
  • Heineken
  • Hodge Jones & Allen
  • Inmarsat
  • Kier Property
  • Law Commission
  • Lucid Tiger Music
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Nelson Bostock Communications
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • PRP Project Services
  • Westminster City Council

"I have built my confidence in discussing with my mentor diverse situations: How to deal with difficult clients, how to say 'no', how to communicate effectively with people. Also, knowing exactly the steps you need to take in your job search process give you a lot of confidence." (Diana Ichim, Entertainment Law LLM student)

Applications for the scheme will open in September 2015 for the 2015/16 intake.

For more information, visit the Careers blog

For both schemes, you need to be able to commit to meeting with your mentor at least once a month between October and May. Acceptance on the schemes is dependent on the successful completion of the application form, outcome of group interview and attendance on our initial training and induction course.

If you have any questions about our schemes, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor for one of our students, please contact the relevant scheme co-ordinator:

Westminster Business School scheme

If you're a Westminster Business School international Postgraduate or MBA student, you can also apply for the faculty's scheme. Visit the programme's page to find out more and apply.

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 external mentoring organisations include:

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