Mentoring FAQs

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Mentoring involves a range of learning and development activities – too many to cover here, but this definition sums it up nicely:

"A one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship in which an individual mentor voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another. This relationship is typically developed at a time of transition in the mentee's life, and lasts for a significant and sustained period of time."

Home Office Active Community Unit, 2001

Mentors work one-to-one with ‘mentees’ to develop their confidence and employability skills, guiding them towards graduate-level employment.

All students are eligible for mentoring – or to enquire about being a mentor. Several current mentors are students with the right skills, background and manner to support fellow students with their personal development. Others are experienced working professionals, including former students from our alumni community.

Mentors are responsible for linking with mentees through a combination of face-to-face and online interactions, as suits both parties, for about an hour each month for the duration of the programme. The benefits of being a mentor are as follows:

  • A role and training that looks great on your CV
  • Certification
  • A rewarding and worthwhile volunteering experience
  • Being part of a pro-active and supportive team

They run from approximately November to May, and we assess applications as soon as we receive them. Mentors and mentees link face-to-face and online for about an hour a month.

At the end of the programme, there is an evaluation and certification process.

Many mentors and mentees stay in touch beyond the set period, having struck up a supportive relationship.

September 2015

Mentor and mentee opportunities advertised to students.

October 2015

Mentor and mentee application shortlisting, matching and training.

October/November 2015 - March 2016

Mentoring period

May 2016

Mentoring concludes, and participants undergo feedback and certification.

Please return your application form by email as soon as possible – we assess applications as soon as we receive them.

To find out more, speak to Robert Colwell on 01494 603 163.

Overall, mentors are expected to help and support mentees as they develop confidence, direction and employability skills. Each mentoring relationship is different, and has different aims, but mentoring tends to cover some or all of the following:

  • Discussing career choices and options
  • Encouraging discussions about ambitions and hopes beyond studies
  • Helping to identify individual skills, strengths, abilities and qualities
  • Building confidence and overcoming perceived weaknesses
  • Giving advice about graduate recruitment schemes
  • Providing advice for CVs and job applications
  • Developing interview skills
  • Providing specific industry insights
  • Encouraging full use of the University's careers and employability service

Mentors and mentees are expected to maintain a mutually acceptable level of confidentiality. This means the vast majority of personal information they share stays between them.

Every effort is made to match mentees with mentors that can provide relevant advice, information and guidance. Information from the application process helps us match the right people.

Yes. A member of the Buck mentoring team briefs all parties face-to-face or by phone. Each participant also receives a detailed guidebook as a useful point of reference that will answer most questions. Also, the mentoring team is on hand to answer other questions, and provides ongoing training and support.

It’s highly recommended that mentees consider and write down what they want to achieve over the programme, and share this with their mentor at the outset.