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Mentoring Pathways - Information for Students

Welcome to our information page about how we can support you via Mentoring Pathways.

What is Mentoring Pathways?

Mentoring Pathways is a collaborative programme between Birkbeck and corporate partners from the worlds of Business, Law and beyond. These partners include long-standing supporters, Credit Suisse and PwC amongst others.

A combination of Birkbeck alumni mentors alongside corporate volunteers has enabled us to develop a talented, energetic, experienced and well-networked team to support our students realise their aspirations.

Mentoring Pathways aims to support the employment aspirations of our students by bridging the gap between academic learning and workplace practices, and developing soft skills and confidence.

Take a look at what some of our students have to say about the programme

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 the following:
    • workplace etiquette
    • inter-personal 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

Who can apply for a mentor?

    The programme is open to students from across the College who are in their final year of Undergraduate study or on Postgraduate courses.

How are mentees matched to a mentor?

    Mentees are matched to 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?

    Normally, you will meet your mentor once a month and each meeting should last for 1 – 1.5 hours. You should agree the most convenient form of communication between meetings so that you maximise the benefit of ‘face’ time and the mentee comes to each meeting with progress made on the previous objectives.

What are the benefits of the mentoring programme?

    Most students report that their confidence has increased, they have formed new networks and 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.

For 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.

Where can I find more information about mentoring?

Meet the Mentoring Pathways Team