Manchester Metropolitan University

Business Mentor Me

Pilot Mentoring programme for first-year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Business and Law

Business Mentor Me

Business Mentor Me Programme

Mentoring can be one of the most successful ways to help students establish links with employers and professionals within the industry they are interested in and develop their career management skills in preparation for the transition from university to the workplace.

The Business Mentor Me pilot mentoring programme, developed by the Business and Public Engagement Team in collaboration with the Careers Service, ran from April-June 2018. It matched industry professionals with 20 first-year undergraduate students, who were the first in their families to go to university.

The programme aimed to provide a valuable opportunity for students to gain insight into the world of work, expand their professional network, increase confidence and help to develop key employability skills – all aimed at providing them with the competitive edge needed in the graduate labour market.

Mentors included business professionals from a number of SMEs, who had previously participated in the Business and Growth Innovation programmes, including:

  • Manchester Taxi Tours
  • Marketing Doris Ltd
  • NowSkills IT Apprenticeships

The programme also collaborated with the North West Business Leader Network and involved the following businesses:

  • Bruntwood
  • Faithful+Gould
  • PwC
  • Sage
  • United Utilities

Mentors helped students gain insight into specific industries or roles within a company, find out about opportunities outside of the university and develop an action plan for professional development.

In many cases, mentors invited their students to visit their workplace, to speak with their colleagues and get a feel for the working environment. Mentors expressed that the programme allowed them the opportunity to meet emerging talent and showcase graduate and placement opportunities to Manchester Met students.

When asked what was most satisfying about the programme, mentors said:

Prompting my mentee to really think about her options and next steps after university, and even what opportunities are available to her throughout her studies i.e. getting involved with societies.

Giving something back and allowing the mentee an insight into an unfamiliar environment.

Feedback from students was similarly positive, with some suggesting the mentors helped them realise that their transferable skills can be used across industries, and are worth investing in whilst at University. Students said:

I was able to reflect on my future career goals deeper and start looking towards placement routes with my mentors help.

 I gained more confidence to look and reach out to opportunities as usually I tend to shy away from them. But it did help me boost up my self-esteem and given more resources and options to look at.

Are you interested in becoming a Mentor?

We are currently recruiting Mentors for the Business Mentor Me programme, running from November 2018 – May 2019. Mentoring is a great way to connect with current students, provide practical support and advice on developing career plans in different industry sectors. By participating as a mentor, you can:

  • Obtain personal satisfaction from making a difference to the career development of a young person
  • Enhance your ‘people skills’ in areas such as leadership, interpersonal contact and communication
  • Develop your professional network and contact with the University
  • Enhance the profile of your organisation with our students and academic staff
  • Attend training to develop your mentoring skills

The Business Mentor Me programme is only offered to students who have completed a successful application to be mentored, ensuring you will only be mentoring motivated and committed students.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact Marcin Wozniak on:

E: m.wozniak@mmu.ac.uk | T: 0161 247 5034

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