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Career Mentoring for students and alumni

Inspire students and fellow alumni as a mentor

Our new mentoring schemes offer Nottingham alumni the opportunity to provide meaningful career support to current students and fellow alumni. 

Mentoring develops via remote contact over the academic year, giving participants time to benefit from their mentor's professional experience and knowledge.

Applications for the 2018/19 academic year have now closed. 

Register your interest  

Mentoring Spotlight

Alumnus Graham Kill (Mining Engineering, 1987) is a Portfolio Director and Trustee who recently chose to mentor a student: 

It doesn't matter where you are in life's journey, there's always something new to learn from somebody else's experiences. Mentoring enabled me to share my career experience, whilst also giving back to the University.

What to expect 

Communicate with mentees over email, phone or video call

As a Career Mentor you can expect:

  • to have a mentee by December
  • regular contact with your mentee, either by email, phone or video-call
  • ongoing support from the Mentoring Team 

The commitment 

How much time...

Around 1 hour per month, including: 

  • compulsory online mentor training
  • monthly mentoring sessions with your mentee, ensuring they are making progress 
  • mentoring preparation and feedback

Hear from a current mentor 

Volunteer Sam Higginson mentor

Samuel Higginson

Food Science, 2016

Food Technologist,

Marks & Spencers

Current Mentor

"I offered careers advice and work placements to my mentee Jemima, as she was keen to gain as much practical experience as possible. I look forward to supporting her throughout university and beyond"

Do you have what it takes to mentor? Find out more - read our Mentor Agreement 

Their mentee's journey

Student mentee, Jemima

Jemima Willgoss

Food Science student

Mentee since 2017, seeking insights into the nutrition and food sectors


"My mentor refined my CV and module selections, and organised meaningful work experience that future employers would find invaluable. Thanks to Sam, I now have a clear plan of action"

Are you a current student seeking a mentor? Contact the Careers and Employability Service


Mentoring Schedule for 2018/2019 academic year

Career Mentoring (with student mentees): Mentors will be notified by the end of August 2018 if they have been successful, with student mentee matching from November. Mentoring will commence in December 2018 and end in May 2019. 

Career Mentoring (with alumni mentees): Mentors will be notified in September 2018 if they've been selected for the Autumn 2018 scheme, or in February 2019 for the Spring 2019 scheme. Mentee matching will take place in late September 2018/March 2019 respectively.

Any questions or feedback about either scheme?

Contact Us

Looking for a mentor? Find out more...


Alumni Relations

Portland Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 2408
fax: +44 (0)115 951 3937