Mentoring – a match made in heaven

Applications open on Monday 29th September for the Manchester Gold mentoring programme. This award-winning programme gives you the opportunity to work with a professional from your chosen career sector (on a one to one basis) who can provide you with an insight into their field and role, offer advice and information about making applications and help you plan your next steps in your career.

We have a general strand, open to all students and then several specialist strands for:

  • Disabled students
  • Black and minority ethnic students
  • LGBT students
  • Female students interested in male dominated sectors

We match about 150 students each year but we receive in excess of 1000 applications to the programme. If you’re thinking of applying, it’s advisable to spend some time on your application and provide considered answers to the questions we ask and don’t make careless mistakes (last year we had an applicant for a Law mentor who didn’t check how to spell Solicitor properly for example).

A new feature for this year is that you can view the mentors who’ve signed up and specify two preferences. They are listed on the site with their mentor reference, job title and organisation – and are group according to the sector or field they work in. You don’t have to specify and can leave this section blank if you’re not sure who you’d like to mentor you. Plus there is no guarantee that you will be matched with either of these choices but it might help up to know what you’re looking for, if you do have an idea.

If you’re interested, apply online.

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