Mentor Me

Get a mentor in industry and receive information and advice to support you with making decisions about your future.

What is Mentor Me?

Mentor Me is the career mentoring programme that matches professionals (mentors) with Manchester Metropolitan University students (mentees). It provides a valuable opportunity for students to gain an insight into the world of work and for mentors to share their experience.

The aim of the mentoring programme is to give students an opportunity to:

The mentor will be sharing their experience and expertise with you, benefiting your career planning and future progression.

Mentoring is commonplace within many professional sectors and may form a key part of an employer’s staff development programme. As a graduate, you may be offered a mentor by your employer as part of your early career development. So experiencing the benefits of mentoring as a student may be good preparation for your continuing professional development.

Mentoring can be one of the most successful ways of helping you establish links with employers and professionals within the sector you hope to work on graduation. Mentoring can help develop career management skills and prepare for the transition out of university and into the workplace.

Remember, as a student on this programme you are also an ambassador of the University.

What is involved?

Mentoring is a one-to-one partnership between a more experienced person (the mentor), and someone who is less experienced (the mentee). The mentor encourages the student to seek advice and information about their career direction and employment goals. The mentor will share their skills, experience and insight whilst actively takes an interest in your career plans.

The relationship is built on mutual respect, trust, encouragement, constructive feedback, openness and a willingness to learn and share.

Mentor Me is run by Careers and Employability, matching industry professionals with Manchester Metropolitan University students. It is an annual programme, starting in October and running through to May the following year.

There is no prescribed minimum contact time between the student and the mentor, the level of engagement is down to the student and the mentor to agree.

Contact may be face-to-face, telephone, Skype, email or whatever means works best. In practice it is likely that contact will be a mixture of different communication channels.

Who is eligible?

The programme runs over the academic year and is open to all Manchester Metropolitan University students who have completed their first year of undergraduate study. It is therefore particularly appropriate for students in their second year of studies.

However, all students of postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes of study may also apply for a mentor.

How do I apply?

Places on this programme are limited, so you do need to submit an on application form using the button below (requires My Career Hub login).

Your application should demonstrate your motivation and commitment to the programme.

You should think about how a mentor may:

  • Help you develop practical skills and confidence to enter your chosen profession
  • Develop your personal and professional networks
  • Increase your understanding of the industry and gain exposure to current professional practice and trends
  • Help link your academic study to industry and the world of work
  • Broaden your knowledge of the many career options that are open to you
  • Illustrate what employers are looking for when they hire graduates
  • Help you develop the key skills needed to access employment

Applications will be reviewed and successful students notified and invited to attend a Mentoring Meet-up Networking Session. As part of these sessions students will have the opportunity to meet with professionals from their specified sectors.

At the end of the meet-up they can request to be matched with a mentor from this session or be allocated a different mentor.

What are the benefits?

The key aims of the Mentor Me programme are:

  • To support students in developing the necessary skills to manage their career
  • Provide students with an industry perspective to enhance their academic learning
  • Establish mutually beneficial relationships between industry, the university and its students

Who are the mentors?

The university selects mentors from a wide range of industry sectors. All have specific skills and experience that we believe would be beneficial to the students.

They will be industry professionals with a minimum of two years’ experience in the workplace. This may include employers, representatives of professional bodies, recruiters and alumni of the University.

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