Supercharge your career with the Professional Mentoring Programme
10 years of mentoring
Students – what's in it for you?
Who can apply?
Applications are open to all students in all undergraduate years. For postgraduate students the Mentoring Programme is only open to students who are studying postgraduate taught and masters courses only. Unfortunately this is not open to postgraduate research courses.
Priority matching will go to students who fall under the following groups in keeping with the University’s Widening Participation Strategic statement; care leavers, students with disabilities, mature students, black and ethnic minority students and low participation neighbourhoods to ensure we offer a full supportive package. Secondary matching will then to go all other applicants who have not been on the programme before.
"This programme has been really impactful, propelling me towards achieving my career goals. I also landed a job with the help of my mentor giving me tips during my interview process."
Kehinde Ayansiji, MSc Hydrography mentee
"Sue opened so many possibilities for me and allowed me to really consider my future career. My confidence grew and I developed a strong skill set within our sessions, which I believe will be valuable in the future."
Katie Lowe, BSc Psychology mentee
"The Professional Mentoring Programme provided an unmissable experience that allowed me to gain inside knowledge into my future career path."
Makari Wilson, BSc (Hons) International Relations with Politics mentee
Mentee benefits | Professional Mentoring Programme
Find out about the benefits of joining the Professional Mentoring Programme and working with a professional in industry to explore your career goals and personal development.
Welcome to the Professional Mentoring ProgrammeThe Professional Mentoring programme matches students with a Professional Mentor – individuals from industry, alumni, non-alumni, staff members – all giving their time and knowledge to support students both undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Plymouth. The programme is only open to current students at the University. You must be studying throughout the entirety of the programme. Unfortunately if you apply but graduate before the programme starts you will not be accepted.
Students and Mentors work together over six months with four contact points. These contact points can be face to face, telephone calls, email conversations or via an online platform such as Skype or Microsoft Teams.
Mentors – how to apply
"The experience of being a mentor is refreshing because it is something new outside of your day-to-day and exciting because you are meeting a young aspiring professional and helping them achieve their dream."
Nadine Mashingaidze, GA Solicitors
"While it's great for my own professional development, I love helping others to be the best they can be. Hearing different perspectives, challenges, ideas and opportunities is inspiring."
Ross Middleham, MET Office
"It's great to link with students from similar fields and to see where they go with their career as well as to give back to Plymouth."
AnnaMarie Farkas, Livewell Southwest
Being a Mentor | Professional Mentoring Programme
Find out about the benefits of joining the Professional Mentoring Programme and supporting one of our students in their future career.
Professional Mentoring Programme 1
Applications open: 1 April 2022
Applications close: 14 October 2022
Student training: 24–28 October
Mentor training: 1–2 November
Meet your mentor (in person): 14 and 17 November
Meet your mentor (online): 9–10 November
Celebration: 10 May 2023, 14:00–18:00
Professional Mentoring Programme 2
Applications open: 1 November 2022
Applications close: 1 January 2023
Student training: 23–27 January
Mentor training: 30–31 January
Meet your mentor (in person): 6–7 February
Meet your mentor (online): 8–9 February
Celebration: Date TBC
More feedback from our participants
Ivanna Odle and her mentor, Megan Pearce
"The Professional Mentoring Programme of 2020–2021 has been a life-changing experience for me. As a final year student, I thought it would be very useful to have a mentor who I could talk to about my next steps, but the experience surpassed my expectations. My mentor walked me through her personal experiences on her professional journey and provided me with practical tips and tricks she had learnt along the way."
Ivanna Odle, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
"I first joined the programme to give back to the University and Careers Service. Each year I continue to grow in confidence delivering the mentoring sessions and understand the value I can give to my mentee. Recognising and reflecting on your own achievements and setbacks is an important part of life, and if you can share these lessons with others, you have the opportunity to guide them in the right direction or, perhaps more importantly, let them know they are not alone."
Megan Pearce, mentor with the Met Office
“What I learnt on this experience was invaluable, it made me more confident and motivated. The experience was really inspiring and seeing the reality of life in a dental setting reaffirmed my passion for my chosen career.”
Natalie Lu, Biomedical Science – Pre-Dentistry Studies student
“Natalie is a ‘do-er’, she is so independent and her confidence has grown so much through this. You can really see her passion in her work. I wish Natalie all the luck in her future degree and I have no doubt that she will excel at being a fantastic dentist.”
Dr Claudia Stanley, mentor with the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise