Mentoring

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Take a look at the opportunities available to support you in securing a mentor.

Get Involved in Mentoring

Learn from Experience and make the most of Birmingham City University’s mentoring opportunities.

With mentors from a range of sectors, including finance, law, education and the creative services, we aim to match you with someone who can give you that all important industry insight. Our mentoring programmes are for final and penultimate year students who are looking to gain further insight into a particular industry or career path.

All mentoring schemes take place from October through to May. Monthly Mentor and student meetings are held either at the mentors workplace, or another convenient location. Training and introduction events precede the start of the scheme in October/November.


Inspiring Futures Mentoring Scheme

Inspiring Futures professional mentoring scheme brings together final year students with working professionals based in the West Midlands.  Many of our mentors are employed by some of the UK’s most successful businesses and could help unlock the door to your future career.

If you are interested in being matched to a mentor please email mentoring@bcu.ac.uk

 

BAME Professional Mentoring Scheme (currently closed for applications)

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Professional Mentoring Scheme is a programme designed to help ethnic minority students with their career development, providing networking opportunities and most importantly role models who can support and guide you through your final years at University. We have mentors from a range of professional disciplines for organisations such as HMRC, Network Rail, BBC, and many more. Please note that students applying for this scheme must be available for a training day on Thursday 26th October 2017.

Apply for a place on the BAME Professional Mentoring Scheme


What students have said about mentoring:

‘I have developed skills that I never thought I could or I thought were too late. I have participated in the most activities and opportunities in Birmingham that I ever did in the last three years. Amazing opportunity, I really feel like this scheme should be compulsory to students. ‘

‘My mentor was understanding, helpful, flexible and very approachable. They brought me along to various meetings and events, whilst also introducing me to their company. I applied for a vacancy and will be working with them over summer. ‘

‘I have had the opportunity to speak to a mentor who is a current Trainee Solicitor who helped me realise what I had to do in regards to work experience in order to get to my career goal. She also reassured me that I was taking the correct steps within my Degree and outside so far and was in the right track to get to my goal.’

‘It was great to be involved with a mentor, throughout the end of my final year of studies. My mentor was able to arrange for me a few meetings with some very important figures in the Film Industry in Birmingham. He has become a friend and a valuable contact for the future, and I wish him the best of luck.’

‘The time and effort that my mentor put in to supporting me through my final year and through job applications exceeded all of my expectations, this was a great opportunity for me and I am really glad that I took part. I would recommend it to any student at BCU.’

‘I had a very helpful mentor, with whom I found it easy to communicate. She had helped me to improve immensely. I think the programme has helped to prepare me for the start of my career by helping to develop my communication skills with professionals outside of the university environment.‘ 

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