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QMentoring

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:

  • Make a difference to a young person’s life by helping them with the early stages of their career development;
  • Reflect on your own career progression, as well as share your knowledge and experiences to help benefit others;
  • Enhance your professional development and acquire new skills;
  • Become an active member of the QMUL alumni community and join a large network of professionals;
  • 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.

“My mentor has given me such valuable insight into the working world of law and I will always take this knowledge with me wherever I go in my career.” Yasmin Khatun, 2018 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 between 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 webinar 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 June 2019. If you would like to join us, please contact Louisa Chastney, QMentoring Coordinator, on 020 7882 3690 or email l.chastney@qmul.ac.uk

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