Thinking about becoming a Mentor?

Here are five good reasons why you should:

You want to give something back and share your experiences.

You will make an invaluable contribution to the learning experience of the students you mentor.

Mentoring allows you to evaluate your own career and develop your brand or personal story.

It is a two-way process and offers excellent opportunities to cultivate and share new ideas.

It offers huge personal rewards and can be a very satisfying experience.

If you’re concerned about the time commitment, don’t be, as the Mentor, you’ll be in control. The form and frequency of meetings will be decided by you and your student at the introductory meeting. It will be the responsibility of the student to establish and maintain contact with their mentor and they will be expected to prepare for meetings appropriately.

To help you think about the structure of the mentoring relationship we would suggest that a minimum of FOUR significant interactions or meetings take place during the year focused around the following areas:

  • Event/workplace visit and networking experience
  • CV and LinkedIn profile review
  • Dissertation discussion
  • Interview practice and career plan draft
  • An issue that the mentee suggests – such as presentation help or practical knowledge about the industry

The School of the Built Environment together with OBREMS will be responsible for matching mentors with students via the Mentoring Scheme Group on LinkedIn and we will organise an introductory meeting for mentors and their mentees. There will also be support from the Department should you have queries at any stage in the process.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor either this year or in the future, all we need is your name, contact details and area(s) of expertise. Please e-mail: gdalton@brookes.ac.uk

For more information on the Mentoring Scheme and what to expect, take a look at our Guide for Mentors.