Careers Service

Manchester Gold mentoring

Taking part in our mentoring programme 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.

What is it?

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.

Manchester Gold 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 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. 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 open now until 17 October, 12pm. See 'How to apply' for full details.

Manchester Gold Spring (February-July)

  • This programme is open to current undergraduate students, Masters students and doctoral researchers.
  • Applications for the Spring programme will open at the end of January 2017.

Manchester Gold Finalists (July -December)

  • This programme is open to 2016/17 final year, undergraduate students, who are about to graduate.
  • Applications for Manchester Gold Finalists will open in May 2017.

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.

Student applications closed!

Applications for the Manchester Gold Autumn programme are now closed. Applications for the Spring programme will open in January 2017.