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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 PwCArts Council England, Venn Group, London Museums Group and North Highland

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.


  • 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. 96% of students who participated on Mentoring Pathways last year would recommend it to their fellow classmates.


  • 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.


  • The programme runs from November to June, and during this time we expect mentors and mentees to meet online 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


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