What's the difference between Manchester Gold Mentoring and Online Q & A?
Manchester Gold Mentoring will involve you working closely with an individual mentor over a nine month period. You will meet and communicate by email and over the telephone and form a mentoring relationship. They will provide enhanced support for careers, employability and planning your future.
Online Q & A is a facility which lets you ask quick questions of different mentors. You will not form a relationship with them and their support will be on a one-off basis.
Which programme is best for me?
Manchester Gold Mentoring is appropriate for any students who feel they would benefit from working on a one to one basis with a mentor over a number of months. Through this programme, your mentor can get to know you and may also be able to support you in many additional ways - providing feedback on CVs and applications, helping with mock interviews, enabling work shadowing or work experience, introducing duo to contacts and networks.
Online Q & A is appropriate for students who have brief questions that they wish they could ask someone who's doing the kind of job they would like or is working in an area that interests them. The mentor will answer one-off questions and will not enter into a one to one relationship with you.
Can I apply for both programmes?
You only need to apply if you want to be considered for Manchester Gold Mentoring. If you wish to do so, you will need to complete the Miscellaneous Information section under your CareersLink profile and 'opt-in' to apply to Manchester Gold Mentoring. You should also try to complete as many fields as possible in the other sections of your profile, as this will help us in the matching process.
You can apply to be considered for a mentor via Manchester Gold Mentoring as well as accessing the Online Q & A resource. You do not need to apply to access this Online Q & A resource - once logged into CareersLink, you will be able to search available mentors to ask a question.
If I apply for Manchester Gold Mentoring, will I be guaranteed a mentor?
No, unfortunately we cannot always guarantee a match for each applicant. We do always receive many more applications than we have available mentors. In order to give yourself the best possible chance of being matched, please fill in as many fields as possible in your CareersLink profile and also take time to think about what you hope to achieve by taking part, explaining this in the Motivation for Mentoring box.
When will I hear if I have been successful in gaining a mentor?
If you have been successfully matched with a mentor, you will be informed by 30 October 2012 (for the Autumn programme) and 15 February 2013 (for the Spring programme) at the very latest. Mentoring partnerships will begin after selected applicants have completed an induction.
I don't understand what information you need from me to apply. Can you help?
If you have any queries regarding how to apply for Manchester Gold Mentoring, please contact us via email@example.com.
I've had a look and there isn't a mentor available in the area I am interested in. What should I do?
We can't always provide mentors on Manchester Gold Mentoring or via the Online Q & A resource in every possible career area. If you can't find a mentor in an area that interests you, perhaps you could look for mentors who may have done a similar degree discipline and explore what other options might be open to you.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.