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Make the most of your mentoring match

The information below will provide you with tips on how to structure mentoring meetings and ideas on topics you may want to discuss.

At your first meeting

As a pair, you should aim to:

  • Figure out your preferred method of communication.
  • Clarify your availability for the duration of the programme.
  • Decide how often you will connect.

You may wish to discuss:

  • Career development
  • CV and cover letters
  • Interviewing skills/mock interviews
  • Networking tips
  • Job search strategies
  • Industry specific advice
  • Work/life balance
  • Goal setting

Mentors, you may wish to tell your mentee about:

  • Your career path and why you chose it
  • Your current position and the kinds of tasks you do on a daily basis
  • What you like most about your current role, and if there are any parts you are not so keen on
  • Your experience of the transition from being a student to working in a professional capacity
  • The things you wish you had known during this transition

Mentees, you may wish to tell your mentor about:

  • What your goals are and what you want to do after graduation.
  • Your aspirations and what you would like to gain from this experience
  • Setting goals and being open with your mentor about areas you feel you need to develop on

Mid-programme meeting

The mid-programme meeting is a good time to reflect on the goals you set at your first meeting.

  • What have you achieved since you last communicated?
  • Did you overcome any obstacles? If so, discuss these.
  • Do you feel that you may want to reset your initial goals?

Mentors, check in and see how your mentee is going in terms of their goals and what steps they are taking to get there. If you have checked a mentee’s CV, use this time to provide constructive feedback.

Final meeting

  • Wrap up any pending discussions
  • Check in about any long term plans
  • Develop an action plan for the near future
  • Discuss your experience and how you found the mentor programme experience

After your final meeting

We ask that all participants complete a feedback form. Tell us what you thought about the programme. What did you enjoy? What did you gain? What you would change?

The information you provide will be used exclusively for purposes of participation in the mentoring programme. However, your details will be shared with Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Complete the online feedback form