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Brookes Connections

E-mentoring for all Oxford Brookes Students

Brookes Connections gives you the opportunity to connect with experienced alumni (past Brookes students) in professional jobs. They can provide one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance on their profession.

It is available to Brookes students in all subjects, year groups and levels of study.

 

What is in it for you

  • advice and encouragement from an experienced professional
  • assistance in setting clear career goals and sense of career direction
  • strategies for dealing with academic issues
  • increased social and academic confidence
  • support to prepare you for your chosen career
  • insights and connections from alumni to enhance your career prospects.

The programme is delivered online by Oxford Brookes alumni. You choose who you want to mentor you and/or who to ask questions - based on their professional and educational background.

 

How Brookes Connections works

Signing-up

It all takes place online, on our easy to navigate portal site, and gives you access to people who work in a variety of roles and sectors. You will be able to sign-up as a mentee in late October.

For now you can register your interest in Brookes Connections, and we will contact you once the portal is available for you to sign-in.

 

Register your interest

 

Ten-week e-mentoring scheme

Brookes Connections gives you the opportunity to partner with a mentor for a ten week period, in which you will be provided further career guidance and discussion materials to help you through your partnership. You will cover topics such as setting career goals, job applications and networking.

Contact is likely to be on a weekly basis. You can only connect with one mentor at a time, but you can always sign up again for another ten week scheme with another mentor.

In Semester 1 the ten-week scheme starts in mid-November. In Semester 2, it will begin in late January. You can sign up for either or both.

 

‘Ask a question’

You can search for mentors in particular industries/sectors and ask them a one-off question about anything career-related. This option is open all year round, once you’ve signed up.

You can ask questions whether or not you are part of the ten-week scheme.

 

Who you can choose as your mentor

You can select a mentor according to the criteria important to you. Who you choose will depend on you but some possible reasons for selecting a mentor include:

  • They work in a sector or industry you’re interested in.
  • They live or work abroad and can give cultural insights about the job, and living/working in another country.
  • They studied a similar subject to you.
  • They hold a senior position in your chosen industry and can help inform your future ambitions and priorities.
  • They have recently graduated and can give you advice about recruitment practices you might face.
  • They can explain how their qualification relates to their day to day job, and about transferable skills.

Is Brookes Connections the right programme for you?

Are you:

  • a current student looking for a career mentor?
  • looking for advice on what to do next?
  • hoping to widen your network?
  • seeking out new opportunities?
  • wanting to find out more information about a particular industry?

If any of the above apply to you, then Brookes Connections would be a good programme for you to join.

What you need to bring to the programme

As a mentee using this service, you will:

  • be able to build and expand your employability skills
  • be eager to learn
  • be open to taking career advice from professionals
  • have questions about your future career that you are keen to ask
  • be willing engage with your mentor’s suggestions and advice.

For the ten-week mentoring scheme you should expect to be in contact with your mentor once a week. You will agree between you topics for discussion, and the exact frequency and timing of your communications.