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Who can mentor?

Any graduate, staff member or former staff member of the University of York can be a mentor on this website.

Who should mentor?

Please do not be put off by the thought that you are not experienced enough or do not have an interesting enough job to be a worthwhile mentor. Your support can be valuable to students at any point in your career. For example:

  • If you only graduated a few years ago – you can share your insight into finding a first job, applications and interviews, making the most of time at university, and how to successfully transition to working life.
  • If you are further into your career – you likely have a deep knowledge of the industry sector you work in, and possibly other sectors as well. You are also well-equipped to help students with longer-term career planning and goal-setting, and to help them build confidence and resilience.
  • If you are self-employed – York has many entrepreneurial students who are keen to start their own businesses. These students would greatly value your advice on the challenges and rewards of self-employment.
  • If you are a postgraduate researcher or an academic – the many students who consider academic careers can benefit from your experience of academia and of winning research positions and funding.

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