How can getting a mentor benefit me? The scheme is here to help you with your career and professional development. Whether you are interested in career guidance, career development, career change or career transition assistance, there will be somebody in our community who can help. Please note, this is not a job service and you should not ask the alumni mentors to help you get a job. If you are looking for jobs please visit our job board.
How should I make initial contact? You should search the mentor profiles and select a mentor who you believe has the skills and experience to help you with your mentoring objectives. If you want more information, prior to inviting the person to be your mentor, you can contact them via the Alumni Directory. We recommend you research the mentor’s company or organisation, so you can demonstrate knowledge about their employer. Please always, introduce yourself, state your reasons for contacting the mentor, and clearly explain what you are seeking to accomplish/learn from the contact. You should always have a clear objective to explore with a mentor before applying.
Who leads the meetings? We encourage mentees on our scheme to take responsibility for setting the agenda. The mentoring relationship is a focus on you and your career, so it’s your responsibility to be clear about your objectives from the start. Let your mentor know what you are looking to get out of the scheme.
How can I assess if the mentoring relationship will work? Once we have made a match between mentee and mentor, an introductory email is sent so you can arrange your first meeting. The first meeting is an opportunity for you to get a feel for whether or not the relationship is going to work. It’s important to attend feeling prepared, clear about your objectives and ready for an open discussion.
What if I am not happy with the advice my mentor is providing In the first instance you should speak to your mentor. If it cannot be resolved, please contact the Alumni Manager (contact details below). Not all mentoring relationships will work, so it may be the case of finding a different mentor.
Please read Developing a successful mentoring relationship – A guide for Mentees which gives advice and tips on creating a successful mentoring relationship.
NEED HELP OR ADVICE? Contact the Alumni Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7728 2720.