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School of Business and Management

Becoming a Mentor

What is SBM Mentoring?

MentoringSBM Mentoring connects undergraduate students from the School of Business and Management with a member of our alumni community or an experienced working professional. Through these one-to-one relationships, students are supported to make better informed career choices, develop their employability skills, and gain confidence with applying for graduate job roles.

Benefits of being a Mentor

As a Mentor, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain personal satisfaction from helping a young person with their career development.
  • Reflect on your own work practices and hear fresh perspectives from those who are soon-to-be entering your industry.
  • Enhance your professional development and acquire new skills such as, leadership and communication.
  • Improve your professional networks by attending events and joining our LinkedIn group.
  • Raise the profile of your organisation amongst University staff and students.

Who are we looking for?

To become a Mentor, you must have the following:

  • A minimum of two years’ professional experience (exceptions can be made in some circumstances).
  • Availability to support a student for 6 months on a voluntary basis (we ask mentors to meet with mentees for a minimum of 1 hour per month, this can be face-to-face, or via telephone/skype).
  • A genuine interest in helping young people to improve their employment prospects.
  • The ability to provide a student with first-hand insight into your current profession and industry.

Please note: if you would like to become a Mentor, you must attend an induction session via webinar.

How to get involved


We run two cohorts a year (October to April and February to July). We are now recruiting for our next round of SBM Mentoring, which takes place October 2021 to April 2022.

If you would like further information, please contact Sonia Singh – Business Development and Mentoring Officer.

To apply to be a mentor, please complete this short form.

Deadline to register for this cohort is midnight, Sunday 26th September 2021.


It has been a really enriching and grounding experience. My mentee was such a pleasant young lady. It is lovely to help others grow and also learn from them. The ability to help another young black woman see her worth in different facets, provide her with support no matter how minute it may seem, has been priceless.
— Teso (Mentor), TU Publishing and Consulting
It was really interesting and rewarding, it was quite nice helping out someone as they are just starting their career. Also they had quite a different perspective on things and challenged me on some things linked to the professional world I just assumed.
— Edward (Mentor), Mazars