Mentoring Pathways

Our flagship programme, Mentoring Pathways, supports our students' career aspirations by bringing together academic learning and workplace practices, and building soft skills and confidence.

Our programme is bigger than ever before: 2017 has seen 135 students from all five of Birkbeck’s schools pair up with alumni and corporate mentors to support final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students’ employment aspirations.

Read more about other ways you can volunteer your time and expertise and make a real difference to the lives of our prospective and current students.


  • The objectives of the programme are to:
    • support the development of career plans and goals
    • identify specific areas of employment available to graduates
    • raise aspirations and commitment levels to professional development
    • develop and enhance:
      • workplace etiquette
      • interpersonal skills and confidence-building
      • communication skills
      • networking skills
    • expose our students to professional networks and those in senior roles
    • develop people and project management skills.
  • Currently participating in the programme? Join our LinkedIn mentor group.

Who can apply to be a mentor?

  • The programme is open to students from across the College who are in their final year of undergraduate study, or on a postgraduate course.

How are mentees matched to a mentor?

  • Mentees are matched with a mentor who can best facilitate the objectives of the mentee and, if possible, is employed in a sector or discipline to which the mentee aspires. However, we have a finite number of mentors, so matching sectors and job roles is not always possible.

How often do the meetings take place?

  • Usually, you will meet your mentor once a month and each meeting should last for sixty to ninety minutes. You should agree the most convenient form of communication between meetings, so that you maximise the benefit of face-to-face meetings and the mentee can come to each meeting having made progress on previous, agreed objectives.

What are the benefits of the mentoring programme?

  • Most students report that their confidence has increased, they have formed new networks and they have greater clarity about how to reach their long-term objectives. For those students who have received support to develop new management skills, they report learning new tactics which help them to manage people or projects more effectively.

How long does the mentoring last?

  • The programme runs during the academic year, starting in November and ending in June. We promote the programme to final-year undergraduates and postgraduate students.

How do I apply?

  • The application process for the 2016-17 academic year is now closed. Applications for 2017-18 will open in autumn 2017.
  • Details are sent to eligible enrolled students.

Who runs the programme?