Previous experience of mentoring is not necessary, rather good communication skills and a non-judgemental manner. The programme runs for a 6-month period during the academic year between November and April and is open to graduates based worldwide.

Benefits to You

  • 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).

What Skills and Abilities do I Need?

  • Be able to communicate effectively with students and University of Aberdeen staff involved in mentoring.
  • Be able to apply your own knowledge and life experiences when advising and supporting students in their decision-making about the development of their employability and what to do after they leave university.
  • Be clear about confidentiality and understand the importance of mentoring boundaries.
  • Be willing to ask for support when and if needed.

Personal Attitude and Values

  • Demonstrate a positive approach towards University of Aberdeen students and be motivated by the need to support their career development.
  • Demonstrate a receptive and non-judgemental attitude towards University of Aberdeen students of any gender, sexual identity, ethnic origin, culture, religion or who may have a disability.
  • Show a willingness to be open and to share your experiences and advice.


  • Prepare fully for involvement in the programme.
  • Be able to commit to 1-2 hours per month to the mentorship between November and April. 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.

Contact us

If you would like to talk to us about the Career Mentoring Programme, please email