Alumni Mentoring Scheme – applications open!

Open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, the AMS provides an excellent opportunity for current students to develop their career planning with the help of an experienced mentor drawn from the university’s extensive alumni network. In the last round, we paired 50 students with 25 mentors from a range of sectors, including media, marketing, academia, the arts, finance, consultancy, education, the third sector, law, industry…the list goes on! In the words of one AMS student, we “did a really brilliant job at the matching”!

The scheme itself will run from Week 7 of the Spring Term through to Week 7 of the Summer Term, with a briefing event on Wednesday Week 5 (6 February) and a launch event on the Wednesday evening of Week 6 (13 February). Throughout this scheme, you will be in regular contact with your mentor through email, Skype, and/or telephone. Together, you’ll identify your career objectives and existing strengths, and find and/or create opportunities for development. This could include: support in applying for a placement or finding a ‘work shadowing’ day, or a mock interview session with your mentor.

Regardless of their speciality, the mentors have a wealth of experience to offer. Whether you are mentored by someone in your target career or not, as part of the scheme, you will:

  • Receive guidance in exploring career options
  • Develop confidence in communicating with professionals
  • Get an ‘insider’s guide’ to the application and job hunting process
  • Have the opportunity to ask for expert advice on what to do next

Want to learn more? You can read about last year’s pilot here, or check out some case studies here. The scheme is open to all students, including postgraduates. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email sarah.pett@york.ac.uk.

Applications are now open, in the form of a short, online questionnaire. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday of Week 5 (4 February). Please note that you must be able to attend the launch event in order to apply.