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 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:
We run three mentoring programmes per annum:
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.
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.
Applications for Manchester Gold Finalists are open from Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June.