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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.

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Brookes Connections Update

You can now match with a mentor on 4 and 6 week schemes, which are centered around boosting your employability. You can find mentors who have applied to these schemes by filtering by mentor programme on the eMentoring dashboard, or scrolling down on an alumni's mentor profile.

The deadline for matching is 16 March 2018.

  • 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.

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. 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.

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, interview tips and networking.

Once on the platform, you can then search for mentors signed up to do the ‘10 week mentoring programme (on your dashboard or through filtering alumni in search) and match with them. 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.

Remember: you can still ask one off questions to other alumni through ‘Ask a Question’ all year round, even if you are already taking part in a 10 week programme. The first 10 week scheme will start beginning of term 2.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Aug 2016