A keen Imperial student

Imperial College Careers Service is excited to be running the Alumni Mentoring Scheme, an initiative which aims to develop Imperial students’ knowledge of the professional workplace and potential careers via individual alumnus Mentors. The scheme promotes and supports a structured relationship between alumni and students, whereby alumni can share their professional experiences, personal insights and employability advice with students to:

  • Increase their prospects through greater understanding of career opportunities, the workplace and employer expectations
  • Enhance their aspirations and increase their confidence when thinking about their career planning

who are our student mentees?

The scheme is aimed at continuing Imperial undergraduates (going into their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of study) and PhD students across all degree disciplines, and we prioritise students applications matching the College's widenining participation criteria.

Mentoring Scheme

Benefits to Mentors and their organisations

The Scheme provides alumni and their organisations with the opportunity to:

  • Share their professional experiences and learning with motivated students who are interested in the alumnus’ field of expertise
  • Develop transferrable mentoring and coaching skills for future people management or leadership responsibilities within their own career
  • Gain satisfaction from helping motivated students to increase their confidence and progress with their career choices and ambitions
  • Promote their sector and profession directly to students, along with potential career opportunities within their organisation
  • Build a strong link with Imperial College London

The Mentor role and support from the Careers Service

The Mentor role is intended to support and encourage present Imperial students in understanding how best to use their time at Imperial to develop their professional skills, along with providing advice on preparing for the next stage in their career. The standard commitment from a Mentor will be a minimum of six interactions over the duration of the partnership. At least two of these meetings should be face to face (potentially at the Mentor’s place of work or at Imperial, although if you are an international mentor these meetings can take place over Skype). The Mentee is expected to be responsible for organising these meetings.

Before you start as a Mentor you will be provided with our Guide to Mentoring which provides a more detailed outline of the division of responsibilities within the Mentor/Mentee relationship, Mentor/Mentee expectations, logistics and an overview of support for Mentors from the Careers Service. Mentors will also be invited to the Alumni Mentoring Scheme Induction Event in December to meet their Mentee, where both will receive a brief training session on:

  • Key mentoring and coaching skills
  • Overview of roles and responsibilities
  • Standard expectations and commitments
  • Goal setting
  • Planning and structuring contact
  • Support from the Careers Service

Mentoring Timeline

Timeline for Employer Mentors 2016/17
DatesActivities
 Now – February 2017 Open for employer mentor applications year round – with deadline in February 2017.
Apply online or email our mentoring team.
 March 2017 Matching process – pairing up mentors with student mentees.

Mentors will be emailed details of their mentee and receive an invitation to our Induction Event.

 4 May 2017 Official launch and Induction Event for mentors and mentees.
Will include brief session on being a mentor, followed by an open networking session hosted at Imperial.
 June 2017 (end of Summer Term) Mentors and mentees emailed to check that contact has been made and mentoring partnership is in progress.
 October 2017 Plans for a ‘Mid-point’ Event and online feedback survey sent out to mentors and mentees.
 February/March 2018

Celebration and Awards Event and at end of term.

Continuing mentors matched to new mentees to begin new mentoring cycle.

 
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Matching the Mentor and Mentee

Application to the Scheme will next open to students in January 2017. In their application, students are asked to explain their personal and professional motivations, development needs and what they are hoping to achieve from the Scheme. The Careers Service match the candidates using these criteria. Please be aware that the Mentee you are allocated may not necessarily match your company's normal recruitment profile.

How to register

In order to register for the scheme please complete our online Imperial Alumni Mentor Scheme Application form‌.

Please note: Mentor applications after 8 March 2017 may be held for our 2018 Alumni Mentoring Scheme, as the matching process is in progress.