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

The next six week scheme will open in October for students to match with a mentor of their choice. If you're graduating this year, applications to be mentored (up to three years out) on the recent graduate scheme, will also open in early October, 2018. The e-mentoring platform is open all year round for alumni-alumni and alumni-student networking. Please check back for more information.

  • 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.
  • Advice and guidance once you have graduated (up to three years out)

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.


Advanced E-mentoring Schemes

Brookes Connections gives you the opportunity to partner with a mentor of your choice, for a six week period, in which you will be provided further career guidance and discussion materials to help you through your mentorship.

You may cover topics such as setting career goals, job applications, interview tips and networking.

Once on the platform, you can search for alumni mentors who are signed up to deliver the six week scheme (view them 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 scheme with a different mentor in the next semester.

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 the six week scheme. The scheme runs twice a year, starting in October for Semester 1, and February for Semester 2.

We are also piloting a Recent Graduates' Network Scheme, welcome to graduates up to three years out. Alumni mentors will provide advice and guidance to students who have recently graduated; helping settle them into the workplace, or assist in their job search. 

Once you are on the platform, you will be able to filter mentors via Advanced Mentoring, and apply for them to be 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.

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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