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The York Profiles and Mentors scheme brings bright, enthusiastic students together with successful professionals in mutually beneficial mentoring partnerships. The scheme gives students the opportunity to get an insight into their preferred employment sector and develop personal networks and employability skills. 

Recent graduate

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.

Further into your career

You likely have a deep knowledge of the industry sector you work in, and possibly other sectors. You are also well-equipped to help students with longer-term career planning and goal-setting, and to help them build confidence and resilience.


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.

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.


  • Any graduate, staff member or former staff member of the University of York can be a mentor
  • Your support can be valuable to students at any point in your career
  • Time requirements: two hours a month

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