If you have a question that doesn't appear in the list below, please contact the Career Mentoring Co-ordinator.

1. How long does the Career Mentoring Programme last?

The programme runs for 6-months. If you mentor in the General, Engineering, Law or Biosciences Research Stream mentoring will take place from November - April. In the Engineering (for students commencing studies in January) mentoring take place from February - July and in the Medicine stream mid-June - December.
2. How much time would I spend taking part in the programme?
Approximately 1-2 hours a month should be set aside to take part in the programme. We would advise that you agree in advance to regular contact with the student. Try not to let time pass with no contact at all.
3. Why are there different streams?
When the programme was introduced in 2011, there was only only stream, General. We had planned, however, to introduce subject-specific streams and, due to student demand, Law, Engineering and Biosciences Research streams have been introduced. More recently a stream has been added for Engineering students begining their studies in January and for Medical students.
4. How do I register to become a mentor?
Based on your degree subject and/or your area of expertise, you register via the online form. The programme is open primarily to graduates based in the UK. If we are unable to match you to a student in the first instance, we will keep your details on file for future opportunities.
5. Do I need previous experience of being a mentor?
No, previous experience is not required; rather good communication skills and a non-judgemental manner.
6. Where can I be based to be a mentor?
We are now accepting applications from mentors based worldwide. Mentoring will be, however, then be conducted remotely via Skype/Facetime etc.
7. How do you match mentors and current students?
You will be matched with a student based on the information you provide via the online registration form and CV/online professional profile and the student's application form and CV.
8. If matched, what would be expected of me?

The programme involves matching students with a suitable mentor. If matched, we would ask you to:

  • Prepare fully for involvement in the programme.
  • Be able to commit to 1-2 hours per month to the mentorship over the relevant 6 month period. You can interact with your mentee either face-to-face or virtually, by phone, email or Skype.
  • Provide the institution with feedback on your experience to help us plan future developments.
  • Celebrate your mentoring partnership and achievements with the institution.
9. What are the benefits for me of taking part in the programme?
  • Career development - polish your people management and relationship building skills.
  • A new perspective - look at your own job with fresh eyes.
  • Increased job satisfaction.
  • Keep up to date with developments in higher education and qualification structures.
  • Broaden your professional network.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD).
10. What are the benefits for the student of taking part in the programme?
  • Discover the range of career options available to them.
  • Gain insight and experience directly from the workforce.
  • Develop professional networks.
  • Learn industry specific skills and job seeking strategies.
  • Improve employment opportunities.
11. What sort of things am I likely to be asked?

As a mentor you will be providing current students with the benefit of your experience in a particular profession or employment area. Discussions could cover:

  • Exploring career options in your area.
  • Recruitment procedures used by your organisation.
  • Information about current developments within your occupation / organisation.
  • Getting started in your career.
  • Learning about the job market in your area.
  • Advising on strategy to help career progression.
  • Discovering the skills required for work in your field.
12. Training/support resources - are they offered by the University?
Support material and resources will be available throughout the programme to both mentors and students. There is a dedicated resource webpage as well as resources directed at mentors.
13. Is this all about the students finding a job?
The University of Aberdeen Career Mentoring Programme is not a job referral network. Students are clearly informed before applying and at the introductory workshop that mentors do not have jobs waiting for the students. The programme is about investigating many aspects of the students' future career path and the opportunity to begin to build professional networks.
14. What if I don't get on with my student?
New partnerships can take a while to establish. If you would like further advice about this please contact the Career Mentoring Programme Co-ordinator.