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Brookes Connections

Brookes Alumni E-mentoring for Students

Brookes Connections enables you to mentor students in a structured but flexible way through an easy to use online portal. You will help students who are pro-actively seeking one-to-one careers advice, support and insight into your profession.

It is open to all alumni of Oxford Brookes, Oxford Polytechnic and other predecessor institutions.

Register for Brookes Connections

  • an opportunity to reflect your own practice
  • enhanced job satisfaction
  • the satisfaction of giving a motivated student increased knowledge, skills and experience in attaining their career goals
  • a reinforcement of your own study skills and knowledge of your subjects
  • professional relationships
  • enhanced peer recognition recognition for your skills and experience
  • personal satisfaction through supporting the development of others.

Ask a Question

Our “Ask a Question” programme is an excellent resource for both mentors and students who are unable to commit to a long-term mentoring relationship but would like to connect on a one-off basis for careers-related advice. Students will decide whether to ask you a question based on the relevance of your professional and educational background on your mentoring profile.

When you first sign onto Brookes Connections, you will set up your mentoring profile and automatically be set up for “Ask a Question” services. You can pause mentoring at anytime, and become invisible to students.

Ten-week e-mentoring scheme

Brookes Connections gives students the opportunity to partner with you for a ten week period. You will help them with topics such as setting career goals, job applications, interview tips and networking.

You will only be able to mentor one student at a time on the 10 week programme, however, you may still be asked one-off questions through ‘Ask a Question’. We would recommend that students and alumni engage at least once a week, with the method of communication chosen e.g. email. The first 10 week programme will start in term 2 (end of january/february). If you are thinking of taking part, please sign on to the platform before the start of the 10 week programme, so there is sufficient time for a student to match with you.

This scheme is likely to be very rewarding for both mentor and student - however there is a time commitment involved and you do not have to offer this support if you are concerned about that commitment.

Once you are on the platform, you will be able to apply to be a mentor on the 10 week programme on your mentoring profile. It is then up to a student to match with you.

Brookes Connections can deliver:

  • personal and professional development
  • a new perspective on your job
  • profile raising for your company
  • a pipeline to our best new graduate talent
  • networking opportunities via our LinkedIn mentors’ group.

You will:

  • be willing to share your skills, knowledge and expertise
  • demonstrate a positive attitude and act as a positive role model
  • be able to provide guidance and constructive feedback
  • be able to motivate students by setting a good example
  • be willing to provide support, job search advice and career guidance.

It all takes place online, on our easy to navigate portal site where you can enter your professional and educational details - or simply import details from your LinkedIn profile. You will be able to sign-up to the programme before the end of November.

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