Why should you get a Mentor?
- Learn from the experience, knowledge and expertise of someone in industry who has been where you have been and made a success of themselves
- Get a realistic insight on the skills and qualities required for specific careers, as well as advice and job search tips
- Improve your personal and professional development
- Increase your self-confidence and personal awareness
- Focus on your professional goals and reflect upon progress
- Expand your professional network
- Gain EDGE Accreditation
"I feel the relationship was a great success. My mentor was great and always provided useful feedback on every discussion. She even checked a variety of my final year assessments and made amendments for me. I began the programme primarily for the EDGE award and ended up getting so much more out of it." Rebekah Mitchell, Student Mentee
What does it involve?
Being a mentee on UU Connects is what you make of it, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.
It will be your responsibility to initiate contact with your mentor and put plans into action. Defining and agreeing expectations regarding format and frequency of contact, bearing in mind the availability of your mentor.
The time commitment will vary depending on availability and objective setting but will be approximately 20 hours annually. It is expected you will be in touch with your mentor monthly to coordinate meetings and share progress.
Entering the relationship with a clear set of realistic goals and objectives and communicating these clearly to your mentor from the outset will help you get the most out of it. The more specific you are, the easier it will be for your mentor to respond.
Do you want to learn more about a particular industry? Get more successful at job applications by receiving constructive feedback? Find out how to best use and promote your strengths? Your mentor can inspire and guide you with all these things.
You may also simply want to ask a mentor one or two questions on a specific area of interest or even location, this is totally fine as long as you are clear when approaching your mentor.
Remember Mentors are giving up their limited time voluntarily so make sure to be responsive and respectful.
"My mentor has helped me with personal and career development on a consistent basis for almost 3 years now. His advice has been invaluable." Shane McCumiskey, student mentee.