Become a Leeds eMentor

Now, more than ever, Leeds students need guidance to help them prepare for the world of work

We want members of our alumni community to join our Leeds eMentoring scheme and support our students with the development of their employability skills. You can help students gain real-life work insights and build their application and interview confidence.

Join hundreds of other Leeds alumni in supporting current University of Leeds students as they begin their career journey.

What is the Leeds Careers eMentor Scheme?
The University of Leeds Career eMentoring Scheme is an eight-week online mentoring scheme which matches experienced Leeds Alumni with a current undergraduate student to share their experience and industry insights.  The recommended time commitment is one one-hour meeting per week (video call, phone call, email).

Why should I become a Leeds eMentor?
Becoming a Leeds eMentor will provide you with the opportunity to support your professional growth whilst raising the profile of your organisation with future Leeds graduates. In this time of global uncertainty, Leeds students are in need of insight into the world of work, and will benefit hugely from the real-world advice that you can provide.

As you share your sector knowledge and experience, you will also have the chance to reflect on your professional development through the exchange of ideas and insights with a Leeds student.

What does a great mentor look like?
We are looking for mentors that:

  • are open, have integrity and are consistent.
  • possess a good level of industry knowledge.
  • are good listeners and communicators, with the ability to develop supportive relationships.
  • can provide appropriate advice and feedback in a timely and constructive manner.
  • are willing to commit the time and effort to the mentoring relationship.

What benefits are there to becoming an eMentor?
For Georgina Orso (Environmental Management, 2012) - Marketing Manager at Guru Systems - she has found mentoring to be a rewarding experience:

“I'm almost ten years into my career and have mentored and managed a few different people along the way. I've always found it to be a rewarding experience, and one that challenges me to stay at the forefront of my field too. While I'm happy with where I am with my career right now, I had a couple of false starts. Looking back, if I'd had a better understanding of the world of work when it came to my own graduation, then I might have made better career decisions early on.”

“I've picked up so many tips and tricks throughout my own career, it seems a waste to keep them all in my own head. It's really rewarding to be able to share what I've learned - and be around to say 'Don't worry, it's normal to be worried or nervous!'.”

How do I become a Leeds eMentor
Mentor registration has now closed for this academic year. To express your interest for next year and hear about other opportunities to support students, please get in touch.