Career mentoring for students

Brookes Connections

What can you gain from Brookes Connections?

Brookes Connections is a career mentoring service for students that has been running for three years. A mentor gives you support, encouragement, advice and shares their knowledge, insights and skills from the position of being further ahead in their career.

Iona Colvin

"Getting a mentor through Brookes Connections is an excellent way of developing your knowledge and understanding of potential careers open to you when you graduate. Having a mentor who can help advise and inspire you can help you set and reach your personal development goals and is the perfect way to find out exactly what to expect from the world of work."

Iona Colvin, Senior Careers Consultant at Oxford Brookes

Our mentors are professionals who have forged successful careers and know what employers in their sector or industry are looking for. They can help you draft job-specific CVs and prepare for interviews, as well as introducing you to others working in their area. Some may also be able to offer shadowing and work experience opportunities.

Gosia Rudnicka

"Having the opportunity to connect to successful professionals will let you gain an insight into your chosen industry or career as well as provide you with useful advice."

Gosia Rudnicka, recent Sociology and Education Studies graduate

What does it entail?

Initial contact with your mentor is through the Brookes Connections platform - you can read the profiles of potential mentors and then contact the one(s) that are most relevant to you. Once they have agreed to be your mentor, you can then mutually agree the form contact will take (email, phone etc). The time commitment is also agreed with your mentor. We recommend a total of 12-16 hours during the advanced mentoring relationship.

Above all, engage with your mentor and show them your professionalism, enthusiasm and reliability. Successful mentoring is based on mutual respect.

There is a comprehensive guide available, with step-by-step suggestions on how to conduct the mentoring relationship to ensure it is beneficial to both you and your mentor.

When can I start?

The next advanced mentoring scheme begins in November and runs for 12 weeks. We recommend you sign-up now, to give yourself time to plan for what you want to get out of the mentoring scheme and find a suitable mentor.

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