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Careers and Enterprise

QMentoring

What is QMentoring?

QMentoring is a programme that connects undergraduate students from across all three Faculties with a member of our alumni community, or a UK-based 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.

Each academic year, we run two rounds of QMentoring from November to May and February to August. We are currently recruiting volunteers for our next round, which will be in the form of an online programme, taking place from Novemeber 2020 to May 2021. To join us, please fill out our registration form

Benefits of being a QMentor

As a QMentor, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Make a difference to a young person’s life by helping them with the early stages of their career development;
  • Reflect on your own career progression, as well as share your knowledge and experiences to help benefit others;
  • Enhance your professional development and acquire new skills;
  • Become an active member of the QMUL alumni community and join a large network of professionals;
  • Raise the profile of your organisation amongst University staff and students.

Benefits for the student

This programme is designed to enable students to:

  • Access careers support from an experienced professional;
  • Gain insight to an industry/profession;
  • Start to build a professional network;
  • Learn how to write persuasive job applications, CVs and covering letters;
  • Acquire skills to perform well in an interview;
  • Where possible, participate in work experience.

“The most valuable moment for me in the programme was learning more about the incredible variation of job prospects available to me upon graduation, thanks to multiple, enjoyable discussions with my mentor. It has helped me to really broaden my outlook and open my mind to industries that I would never have thought of applying to.” Ubaidullah Admani, 2020 QMentee

Who are we looking for?

To become a QMentor, you must have the following: 

  • A minimum of three years’ professional experience;
  • 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).
  • A genuine interest in helping young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds 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 QMentor, you must also attend an online induction session. You will be able to select the induction session that you wish to attend when completing the registration form.

“Being able to speak to someone who is in a career that you aspire to be in, or just someone who has knowledge of the working world that you don’t have, is fantastic. Not everyone has family or friends who they can learn from in this way, so giving everyone access to that insight is a positive.” Isabel Overton, QMentor