Professional Mentoring at Birmingham City University
Our mentoring programmes are designed to help students achieve their full potential through trusting mentoring relationships with professionals working within Birmingham where they can take chances, explore their needs and enhance their professional experience.
All we ask from our mentors is that they can meet their student once a month, for around an hour. This can take place at the mentor's place of work, at university, or somewhere neutral, like a local café. We also have various events throughout the year, starting with the scheme launch due to be held mid-November, and an awards event at the end of the scheme for mentors and mentees to really get involved!
At the end of the academic year, we then celebrate the year’s successes with an awards ceremony, where we wind down the year and rewards the progress that’s achieved by the dedication of all of our mentors and mentees.
Benefits of mentoring a student
Enhanced leadership and interpersonal skills, developed further through our ongoing training programmes (CPD)
Expansion of your networks of professional contacts; exclusive invites to networking events on campus
Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility activities within your organisation.
Identify future talent for your organisation
“I got involved as a Mentor to help in the development of a young person’s professional life, to impart the knowledge I had gained from leaving University into professional life and finally to give something back to the local community. As a mentor, the programme also provided me with a refresher on the skills needed to successfully navigate the job market as all too often it is easy to forget the basics of CV skills, interviewing etc..
Programmes like this are invaluable to give undergraduates an insight into what employers look for and give themselves the best chance at landing that graduate role.”
Prithpal Saimbi, Private Client Paraplanner, Charles Stanley and previous 'Mentor of the Year' winner.
How to get involved
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please get in touch with our Employment team for more information. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0121 331 7648.
Online Employer Mentoring
If you would like to support a student on their career journey, but cannot commit to a face to face programme, or are based outside of the West Midlands, you can join our online employer mentoring programme. The aim of this programme is to provide students with support and guidance, raising aspirations and confidence via our unique mentoring platform. To get involved, or for more information on our online mentoring programmes get in touch: email@example.com or call us on 0121 331 7648.
In recognition of the impact our Professional Mentoring Schemes can make to the personal development of both mentees and mentors, we have achieved full accreditation status from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. This national quality kite mark provides evidence that the scheme is effective, safe, and professional.