Guides for mentors

More about mentoring

What is mentoring?

Your role as a mentor is to provide support to a student (‘mentee’) who is preparing to start their career.

What form that support takes depends on what you are able to offer and what the student’s specific needs are. Mentoring can be anything from a few brief email contacts to a long-term coaching relationship.

Mentoring should be…

  • A one-to-one relationship
  • Working towards clear, agreed objectives (at least at the beginning of the relationship)
  • Focused on the mentee’s career

Types of mentoring activity

The core of a mentoring relationship is conversation, whether by email, phone, Skype, online messaging or face-to-face. However, these other forms of support have also been offered by some York mentors:

  • Giving feedback on a CV, application or personal statement
  • Arranging introductions with industry contacts
  • Conducting a mock interview
  • Providing an internship or placement

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