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Develop a City student through Professional Mentoring

Would you like to use your experience and knowledge to help a current student develop their skills and sense of purpose?

Who are we seeking?

City's Mentoring Scheme offers professionals the opportunity to inspire and guide our students through a six or nine month one-to-one mentoring relationship. The scheme exists as a developmental element of the student journey through City by offering engagement with professionals that may unlock potential and enhance employability. By volunteering your time as a mentor you are offering City students a pivotal bridge between academic learning and insight in to industry.

Since 2002 the scheme has successfully delivered 1,567 mentoring relationships between professionals and City students. On average the scheme brokers 400 mentoring pairs per annum. With 71 per cent of our mentors City alumni, 13 per cent City staff, and 16 per cent referred to the scheme or recruited by staff, we engage a diverse range of professionals who volunteer their time to mentor our 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates and Masters students.

An average of 80-85 per cent of mentees year-on-year agree that having a mentor had a direct impact on their employability, and responses from our 2014-15 cohort show that 78 per cent of mentees felt that they were more employable after the mentoring process.

Programme strands

For undergraduates we offer two intakes (strands) per academic year  - November and February. Our Masters strand launches once a year and runs for 6-9 months from November-August or February-August. Undergraduate strands run for 6 months November-June or February-August each year.


Mentors will select a strand to participate: November, February or Masters. All new mentors accepted on to the scheme must undergo compulsory training offered during our strand recruitment periods. This is to equip you with information and guidance on how to use your expertise and knowledge to effectively support to your mentee. We offer bespoke one to one training sessions for mentors joining outside these recruitment periods.

We encourage mentee applications from undergraduates and Masters students on all courses. A list of the courses on offer at City may be found on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses webpages. Students are subject to a competitive application process and undergo a formal assessment before final selection.

The average profile of our mentees include:

  • students from non-traditional academic backgrounds
  • students with drive and ambition but a lack of knowledge on how to pursue their dreams
  • students unsure of what path their qualification may lead to
  • students that demonstrate need for developmental guidance
  • Masters students seeking to pursue a new career direction
  • students who may already be work-ready but seek to finesse their employability
  • international students seeking guidance on industry-specific UK recruitment practices
  • students who struggle with professional communication skills

Undergraduate and Masters student characteristics - an overview

The benefits of being a mentor

To be an effective and engaged mentor it is crucial that you have enough time to dedicate to the programme. Our existing mentors guarantee our mentees a time commitment of 1-2 hours every 2 to 4 weeks.

  • A choice of mentoring a Masters student or undergraduate - or both.
  • Scheme-specific training to support your mentoring journey with top-up sessions available throughout the scheme lifecycle.
  • An opportunity to help a student starting out or embarking on a career change.
  • For City staff: an alternative form of engagement with our student population.
  • Becoming part of a wide network of professionals.
  • Develop as an individual professionally and personally.

Many mentors who volunteer on the scheme have found the experience beyond rewarding. It has the potential to impact on and changes lives in profound ways.

What would be expected from you as a mentor?

To be an effective and engaged mentor it is crucial that you have enough time to dedicate to the programme. Our existing mentors guarantee our mentees a time commitment of 1-2 hours every 2 to 4 weeks.

  • A minimum of three years experience in full time work (exceptions may be made - please email us)
  • You may be supporting, advising and guiding a student who demonstrates sustained lack of clarity
  • You will be reviewing CVs and assessing the mentee's ability to perform well in an interview
  • You may be helping to build a student's confidence in themselves and their abilities
  • You will provide an insight into the world of work
  • You may be developing your mentee's networking skills
  • You may be assisting your mentee in developing awareness of different career paths and options
  • We recommend at least one mentoring meeting at your place of work if possible but alternative venues are acceptable
  • We ask you to attend an Introduction Evening where you will meet your mentee for the first time, and we encourage you to get involved in ad hoc group activities if possible

Further questions? Please read our Mentor FAQ document. This document also contains details of mentor training, key dates, and events schedule for academic year 2016-17.

Mentor Code of Conduct 2016-17

Mentee Code of Conduct 2016-17

Professional Mentoring Complaints Policy - Mentors


Who do I contact?

Thalia Anagnostopoulou, Professional Mentoring Leader, thalia.anagnostopoulou.1@city.ac.uk, 020 7040 0288

Ksenija Kotova, Professional Mentoring Officer, ksenija.kotova.1@city.ac.uk, 020 7040 4688

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Northampton Square

London EC1V 0HB

United Kingdom

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