Careers Service


Manchester Mentoring

What is mentoring?

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced person uses his or her greater knowledge and understanding of the work or workplace to support the development of a more junior or inexperienced person.

Taking part in our mentoring programmes is your way of getting information, advice and guidance about your future from a mentor. They could be doing the job you're aiming for, working in an area that interests you or have graduated from the same course as you.

Mentoring is a great opportunity for you to access the advice and support of someone who has experience, insights and hindsight. Many of our mentors are University of Manchester alumni and staff who wish to give something back, share the knowledge they have gained of opportunities after graduation and guide current students. Some are also talent spotting for their organisation. All are volunteers and are willingly offering to work on a one-to-one basis with you.

As a student of The University of Manchester, you have exclusive access to our mentoring portal - The Manchester Network, where you can connect with mentors for careers-related information, advice and guidance.

As a student, you may want to connect only once with a mentor via email or over the phone, or you may want to establish a deeper, longer-term mentoring partnership. We allow you to do both.

We currently offer two mentoring programmes on our Manchester Network portal:

  • Manchester Gold - pairs you with a mentor over a 6 month period to get the information, advice and guidance you need.
  • Ask me about - allows you to connect with multiple mentors on a one-off basis for careers-related enquiries.

Manchester Gold Mentoring

Manchester Gold Mentoring has been running for over 15 years and is highly regarded by both mentors and students. You will choose your own mentor and will be in contact with them over a six-month period.

They will dedicate their time to building a mentoring relationship with you and helping you achieve your mentoring objectives which might include, for example:

  • Gain an insight into different roles, organisations and sectors
  • Develop skills (communication, relationship building, organisation)
  • Access information and advice from experienced professionals
  • Build confidence and commercial awareness
  • Demonstrate a pro-active approach to improving your employability
  • Discuss expectations, anxieties and concerns in a confidential environment
  • Network and make new contacts

We run three mentoring programmes per annum:

Manchester Gold Autumn (November – April)

  • This programme is open to current undergraduate students, Masters students and doctoral researchers.
  • Applications for the Autumn programme are now closed.

Manchester Gold Spring (February-July)

  • This programme is open to current undergraduate students, Masters students and doctoral researchers.
  • Applications for the Spring programme are now closed.

Manchester Gold Finalists (Approx. June -November)

  • This programme is open to 2016/17 final year, undergraduate students. The aim of the Finalists programme is to support soon-to-be graduates in making a successful transition from University to the world of work or further study.
  • Applications for Manchester Gold Finalists are open from Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June, to allow students the opportunity to search for a mentor before or after their exams.

You can apply for the Autumn, Spring and the Finalists programme, if you are eligible.

Please note that we cannot always guarantee a mentor for each applicant. We do always receive many more applications than we have available mentors, particularly for certain industries.

'Ask me about' programme

If you would prefer to connect with a mentor on a one-off basis for careers-related advice, and not commit to a long-term mentoring programme such as Manchester Gold, then 'Ask me about' is the right programme for you. It is open to current undergraduate students, Masters students, doctoral researchers, as well as staff and alumni of The University of Manchester.

Mentors can be approached for a range of services, including: advice via email / telephone, reviewing a CV, reviewing a job application, work shadowing (observation only), work experience, full internship, jobs, and assistance with a degree project.

You can review mentor profiles and send a request to a mentor that best fits your career interests and goals through the Manchester Network.

Student applications are now open

Applications for Manchester Gold Finalists are open from Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June.