Career mentoring partnerships

We are proud to be able to offer our students a multitude of employability-enhancing opportunities. Mentoring is one of the most effective methods of promoting student success within higher education, making it an invaluable tool. Offering a portion of your time as a mentor gives you an opportunity to be part of this exciting offer.

Mentoring doesn’t just give you a fantastically warm, fuzzy feeling from helping our students change their life, knowing that you’ve played a part in their development. Being a mentor gives you the chance to demonstrate your values and ethics, improve your confidence and develop essential leadership skills such as clear communication, listening and coaching.

You’ll have opportunities to network with other mentors, reflect on your own practice and gain new perspectives as well as working towards CPD requirements.

"If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m a product of great mentoring, great coaching… Coaches or mentors are very important."
Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo CEO

Our mentees are typically undergraduate and occasionally postgraduate students. Some of the most frequent reasons for seeking a mentor include:

  • a desire to learn about a specific job or sector
  • wanting to develop their professional network
  • not being sure what they want to do after graduation

Our mentoring programme offers students as much choice as possible. They are able to review all mentor profiles and choose their preferred mentor. They will only contact you once the match has been agreed. You can mentor a maximum of two mentees at any time.

Our mentoring programme gives our students control to drive their development forward: they set the agenda. As a mentor you'll be impartial and open-minded, possessing excellent listening and communication skills to allow your mentee time and dedicated space to consider things for themselves before you offer advice, ensuring an equal partnership.

  • You'll need to be an Essex Alumni or have at least one year’s experience of work.
  • Mentoring is via SMILE (our e-mentoring system), phone, Skype, email or in person.
  • You’ll need to be able to offer a minimum of six hours contact over a six month timeframe.

As mentoring relationships are unique to each pair and situation, how you agree to structure your mentoring may vary. It can be helpful to have an initial introduction meeting and an end of scheme review.

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Mentoring Coordinator throughout your mentoring relationship. If you’re based overseas you can still potentially join us as a mentor, contact us to find out more.

"A great mentor has a knack for making us think we are better than we think we are. They force us to have a good opinion of ourselves, let us know they believe in us. They make us get more out of ourselves, and once we learn how good we really are, we never settle for anything less than our very best."
The Prometheus Foundation

Before you can mentor one of our students you will need to:

  • sign up to our e-mentoring software
  • complete a profile/application form
  • complete our online training module and/or face-to-face training.

Contact us

Contact us for more information and to find out how to get involved.

Katie Finnimore

Mentoring Coordinator

Employability and Careers Centre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 872695

Email ementor@essex.ac.uk