Career mentoring

Inspire the next generation. Be the difference.

We are proud to be able to offer our students a multitude of employability-enhancing opportunities.

Mentoring is known to be one of the most effective methods of promoting student success within Higher Education. Sharing your experience by offering a portion of your time as a mentor is an opportunity to be part of this success.

  • Do you have the experience and knowledge to provide support, guidance and a fresh perspective to someone starting out on their career journey?
  • Could you help explore ideas with someone who is struggling to decide which path to take?

If your answer is yes, then we would love to hear from you!

Feel the benefit

Mentoring isn’t just about providing a transformative experience for our students. A truly valuable partnership is a two way street. As a mentor you will have a unique opportunity to:

  • share your experience, values and ethics
  • develop essential leadership and coaching skills
  • network with other mentors
  • reflect on your own practice and gain fresh new perspectives
  • uncover new talent, ideas and technologies
  • develop a connection with someone new
  • make a positive impact on someone else’s future
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others."
Nelson Mandela

About our mentees

Our mentees are undergraduate and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. They will have submitted a successful application outlining why they feel they would benefit from having a mentor. Some of the most frequent reasons include:

  • learning about a specific job or sector
  • developing a professional network
  • uncertainty around what they want to do after graduation
  • interest in becoming self-employed or setting up a business

Our mentoring programme aims to offer students as much choice as possible. To ensure the most productive match, successful applicants are able to view all mentor profiles and shortlist their preferred mentors.

"A great mentor has a knack for making us think we are better than we think we are. They force us to have a good opinion of ourselves, let us know they believe in us. They make us get more out of ourselves, and once we learn how good we really are, we never settle for anything less than our very best."
The Prometheus Foundation

Your role as a mentor

Our mentoring programme is designed to give students control of their own development. They set the agenda. Your role as mentor is to be impartial and open minded, using active listening and communication skills to allow your mentee time and space to consider things for themselves, before offering feedback, advice and guidance. Have you got what it takes?

  • Time to invest (at least 6 hours contact over a 6 month period).
  • A commitment to helping others.
  • The ability to challenge and get the best out of people.
  • A minimum of one year’s experience in work.

As mentoring relationships are unique to each pair and situation, how you agree to structure your mentoring may vary. Mentoring works best when there is an element of face-to-face contact but you can mentor by phone, Skype, email, or in person. If you’re based overseas you can still join us as a mentor.

The Mentoring Coordinator will be there to support you both throughout your mentoring relationship and request feedback at key stages. We recommend that you mentor a maximum of two mentees at any one time.

Interested in becoming an Essex mentor?

The Mentoring Coordinator will then contact you to discuss the programme and your experience in more detail. If you do become a mentor we will ask for a brief bio which we share with successful applicants to support the shortlisting process.

You will only be introduced to your mentee when you have agreed to the match, and training and resources are available to help you get the best out of your relationship.

Be the mentor you wish you’d had!

Get in touch
Rebecca Payne Mentoring Co-ordinator, Employability and Careers Centre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872695