Career mentoring programme

Got questions about your future?  Want to be inspired and empowered to make decisions that are right for you? 
Join the Essex Career Mentoring Programme to be matched with an industry-based mentor for six hours over six months, or if you’re a Masters student, three hours over three months.

Our mentors offer time to explore your options, share their experience, and develop your skills, network, knowledge, and confidence. Whatever your needs, interests, and aspirations, with a diverse range of experts to choose from, there is someone for everyone. 

Applications open in the spring term but express your interest now and be first in the queue when this exciting opportunity goes live.


About the programme

What we offer 

Career Mentoring: 6 hours of one-to-one support over 6 months.

Apply in spring 2023, complete training after Easter, get matched over the summer and meet your mentor in the 2023/24 autumn term. 

All levels and disciplines are welcome, but you must be registered as a student for the duration of the programme. If you are a final year undergraduate, please contact to discuss alternative options.

Mentor Connections (Masters students only): 3 hours one-to-one over 3 months 

Apply in spring 2023, complete training, and start mentoring in June/July. 

What you'll gain

Mentoring provides a safe space to focus on what you want from your future career. As an experienced and trusted adviser, your mentor is there to support both your personal and professional development as you plan and prepare for life after university. 

It is up to you to decide what you want from your mentoring experience; each mentoring partnership is unique. There are no right or wrong reasons to have a mentor, just opportunities for growth. Here are just some the benefits students have shared:

  • Increased knowledge about a specific career or industry
  • Protected time and an objective ear to listen to and discuss your hopes and fears
  • Support to explore your ideas, values, and options
  • Unique insight from your mentor’s shared experience
  • Confidence in what you have to offer and what you can achieve
  • Opportunity to develop your professional skills, network, and commercial awareness 

How to apply

Express your interest and we’ll let you know as soon as applications go live in the Spring term.

Got questions? Email, or check out our online briefing video.

About our mentors

Our mentors cover a wide range of sectors, hail from a variety of backgrounds and are based in over 20 countries around the world. Many are alumni, others just want to support their local community. 

“My mentor was a perfect fit for me. She listened to what I wanted to gain from this experience, it was truly better than I could’ve ever expected.”  Mentee 2021/22 

They each have something different to offer but all of them volunteer their time because they genuinely want to listen, share, inspire and challenge you to achieve your aspirations. 

How it works

Once accepted onto the programme, you will need to complete essential training to identify what you want to explore with your mentor (helping us to find the best match for you). We’ll also share top tips to help you prepare and get the most out of your mentoring experience. 

As with all great opportunities, the more you give, the more you get.  Put in the effort and commitment with your mentor and you will reap the benefits.  

When your mentoring partnership comes to an end, you will be asked to reflect and feedback on your experience. You can then submit Career Mentoring towards your Big Essex Award.

The Career Programmes Team are here to support you throughout the process and are always happy to help. You can contact us any time via

Information for potential mentors

“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.” Lailah Gifty Akita 

If you’re an experienced professional interested in mentoring a University of Essex student, we’d love to hear from you.  

Find out more about this unique opportunity and register your interest today!


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