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Mentoring Pathways

The Mentoring Pathways programme offers the opportunity for final-year students and professional mentors to work together. Mentors are drawn from our Birkbeck graduates and corporate partners working in a diverse range of professions and industries. Current organisations and partnerships include PwCJP MorganArts Council EnglandFiserv and Ashurst.

The programme aims to support students' career aspirations and exposure to professional networks, by bridging the gap between academic learning and workplace practices. It also provides professional development benefits for mentors.

WHAT IS MENTORING?

  • Mentoring is a professional relationship between the student (the mentee) and the mentor whereby the mentee benefits from the experience, skills and networks of the mentor. It operates for a specific period of time and has clear objectives.
  • A mentor is a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge and advice with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust, helping their mentee to develop skills, set objectives and facilitate progress towards career goals.
  • Both mentors and mentees from previous years have found the experience highly positive. Over 85% of students who have participated on Mentoring Pathways in previous years would recommend it to their fellow classmates.

BENEFITS FOR MENTORS

  • Mentoring can help you to gain and enhance a number of skills and attributes, including:
    • soft skills such as listening and negotiating
    • a sense of achievement through helping others with less experience to succeed
    • professional training to develop mentoring skills, adding to your continuing professional development (CPD)
    • broadening your networks with universities and the student community.

TIME COMMITMENT AND MATCHING

  • The programme runs from November to June, and during this time we expect mentors and mentees to meet face-to-face once a month, with additional telephone and email support in between.
  • Matches between students and mentors are based on the development needs and career interests of the mentee. Where possible, mentees will be matched with a mentor who is employed in a sector or discipline of interest to the mentee.

HOW TO APPLY AS A MENTOR

  • We are no longer accepting applications for this year's Mentoring Pathways programme. Applications for the 2020-21 programme will open in late August 2020.

HOW TO APPLY AS A STUDENT mentee

  • We are no longer accepting applications for this year's Mentoring Pathways programme. Applications for the 2020-21 programme will open in late August 2020.

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