QMentoring connects undergraduate students, from the Faculties of Science & Engineering and Humanities & Social Sciences, with a member of our alumni community, or a UK-based professional. Through these one-to-one relationships, students are supported to make better informed career choices, develop their employability skills, and gain confidence with applying for graduate job roles.
Benefits of being a QMentor
As a QMentor, you will have the opportunity to:
- Gain personal satisfaction from helping a young person with their career development;
- Reflect on your own work practices and hear fresh perspectives from those who are soon-to-be entering your industry;
- Enhance your professional development and acquire new skills such as, leadership and communication;
- Improve your professional networks by attending events and joining our LinkedIn group;
- Raise the profile of your organisation amongst University staff and students.
Benefits for the student
This programme is designed to enable students to:
- Access careers support for an experienced professional;
- Gain insight to an industry/profession;
- Start to build a professional network;
- Learn how to write persuasive job applications, CVs and covering letters;
- Acquire skills to perform well in an interview;
- Where possible, participate in work experience.
“I believe what drives our relationship is that we share a common interest of both wanting me to do well and progress.” - Junedul Shahid, QMentee
Who are we looking for?
To become a QMentor, you must have the following:
- A minimum of three years’ professional experience (exceptions can be made in some circumstances).
- Availability to support a student for 3-6 months on a voluntary basis (we ask mentors to meet with mentees for a minimum of 1 hour per month).
- A genuine interest in helping young people from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds to improve their employment prospects.
- The ability to provide a student with first-hand insight into your current profession and industry.
“Being a QMentor gives me the opportunity to think in a more focused way about my own work when I am guiding others, and also I like the feeling of helping people to achieve their goals.” - Michael Ezra, QMentor
Please note: if you would like to become a QMentor, you must also attend an induction session and a launch evening, where you will meet with your mentee for the first time.
We are currently recruiting volunteers for our next round of QMentoring, which takes place from October 2018 to April 2019. If you would like to join us, please contact Louisa Chastney, QMentoring Coordinator, on 020 7882 3690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org