The Career Mentoring Programme gives you, as a working professional, an opportunity to offer support to current students in developing their career ideas.

As a mentor you offer a student the benefit of your own experience in a particular profession or employment area, giving them an insight into the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed.

There are five streams that are available to graduates as part of the Career Mentoring Programme:

  • General - Graduates from all disciplines are sought to provide invaluable advice and support to current students. In the past we have had mentors from the public sector as well as the private sector and some mentors have been self-employed. 
     
  • Biosciences Research - Graduates (at MSc and PhD level) of biosciences research are sought to provide invaluable advice and support to current students who wish to pursue postgraduate study and a potential career within academia/research.

    The following areas have been identified initially as of interest within the Biosciences Research Stream: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Genetics, Gut/intestinal Biology, Immunology, Immunity and Disease, Marine Biology, Medical Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Musculoskeletal Biology, Neuroscience, Nutrition and Health, Obesity and Metabolic Health, Plant and Soil Science, Systems Biology, Translational Medicine, Vascular Biology and Zoology.

  • Engineering - Graduates from all types of engineering are sought to provide invaluable advice and support to current students. In the past we have had mentors from the public sector as well as the private sector and some mentors have been self-employed.
     
  • Law - We are looking for professionals who originally graduated in law or those who later converted to law and who are currently working in the legal profession or who have chosen a different career path. In the past we have had mentors from the public sector as well as the private sector and some mentors have been self-employed.
     
  • Medicine - Graduates of the MBChB programme are invited to join the Career Mentoring Programme - Medicine Stream to provide invaluable advice and support to current 4th year MBChB students. You may be at any stage of your career from FY2 onwards and working in any medical specialism.

In recognition of the skills that are achieved through the Career Mentoring Programme students can have their achievement recorded on their Enhanced Transcript (ET), a national, standardised document that records a student’s academic work, prizes and co-curricular activities.

This programme highlights the importance of actual, extensive experience to the student and reminds the mentor of the difficulties students face in securing a suitable career. It is not failsafe but it is a very rewarding way to enhance the employability of the student."
D Neil Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, Rettig ICC