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Could you mentor a student? *

01 Oct 2007

Boost a student's career prospects and further your own career development

The award-winning career mentoring programme, Manchester Gold, links undergraduates and postgraduates across the University with people working in their chosen career area.

There is a demand for mentors based within the University. The MLP Careers & Employability Division, which manages the scheme, is therefore inviting University colleagues to volunteer as mentors and provide valuable insights into graduate careers in areas such as academia, industrial research and development, human resources, marketing, engineering, ICT, arts administration, etc.

As a mentor, you will not only get the satisfaction of boosting the career development and prospects of a student, but can also gain skills and experience to further your own career development. These include:

  • Practising and enhancing management and coaching skills.
  • Networking with other mentors and establishing links with others in the University and in industry.
  • Gaining satisfaction from helping someone develop their potential.
  • Sharing knowledge and experience gained at work.

Participation is free. The programme involves around 12 hours of your time over an academic year and includes a short induction programme, where you will meet your mentee for the first time. You will then be asked to meet with your mentee around four times between November and April.

Specialist strands provide additional support for diverse student groups who might feel they need it; namely, international, ethnic minority, disabled and LGBT students, as well as female students wishing to enter male-dominated career sectors, such as engineering.

Further details on Manchester Gold, including a registration form, can be found at:


  • Anna Lomas, Manchester Gold Manager, on 0161 275 2828