Career Mentoring

Career Mentoring Scheme

The Career Mentoring scheme gives you the chance to meet (either in person or remotely, depending on COVID restrictions) with a professional, or self-employed person, from an organisation or in a job role that interests you. Your mentor can give you the benefit of their experience in a particular occupation, and an insight into the knowledge and skills you need to enter into and progress within that occupation. If you have questions about a career route that interests you or setting up your own business, mentoring provides the opportunity to get the answers. There are also considerable benefits to having a mentor in a non-related field. You maintain the partnership over the academic year during which time it is suggested you will arrange to meet up four times over Skype, Zoom or by telephone or in person (depending on COVID restrictions)

Our Career Mentoring Scheme Website provides information about our current mentors, case studies from previous mentees and additional information about the scheme.

The mentoring scheme is now open and will close on Sunday 25th October. Please follow the instructions on the blog pages for how to apply.

How can I benefit?

Mentoring can be highly beneficial. You will have the chance to discuss your career options and gain an insight into what is required of you in the workplace. You may also have the opportunity to:

  • visit a workplace
  • apply for a paid internship sponsored by Santander
  • research or confirm your career ideas
  • gain ‘insider’ advice on the application and job hunting process
  • find out about specialist skills/knowledge or training required
  • make contacts and meet people
  • possibly arrange future work shadowing or work experience
  • test or develop your own business idea

Who are the mentors?

Our mentors volunteer to take part in the scheme and want to help you. They span various careers within a range of local and national organisations. Organisations who have offered mentors in recent years include Department for Education, the NHS, Hill Dickinson, Herbert Baggaley Construction Ltd, HSBC, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors LLP, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG, Peak District National Park Authority, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield United, W'Innovate and Relish Learning.



What's involved and what to expect

  • You will initially be invited to an online workshop to find out more about what you can gain and what will be expected of you
  • We expect you to be reliable and professional in your approach to meeting with your mentor. Employability Advisers are available to help and support you but we also expect you to behave responsibly and appropriately. All of our mentors give their time entirely on a voluntary basis
  • Select a mentor from our website of mentor profiles
  • Commit to a minimum of four meetings with your mentor (remote or in person, depending on COVID restrictions)
  • Prepare fully for your mentoring meetings and set clear goals. You will attend an induction session where we will support you to start planning and provide relevant resources
  • Take the lead in arranging meetings and recording action points agreed with your mentor
  • Keep in touch and provide us with updates on your mentoring experience
  • Write a reflective account of your experience in order to receive a certificate

Who can apply?

Any Sheffield Hallam University student, in any year, can apply! The Career Mentoring scheme is also open to recent graduates who are interested in self employment and would benefit from a mentor with an enterprise focus.  Whilst we welcome applications from these wide groups we will prioritise

  • final year students who lack work experience and contacts in their target sector
  • under-represented groups

How can I apply?

To view the mentor profiles and to apply for the scheme, please visit the Career Mentoring Scheme Blog and complete an application form.

Participation in the scheme is dependant upon a suitable mentor being available. If you would like to speak to someone in more detail about the scheme and how it works, you can contact  Nikki Abbott on 0114 225 3752 or via 

If you are an employer interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the Career Mentoring Scheme team at and refer to the Career Mentoring Scheme Website for further information.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 21:21