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Alumni mentoring at BU

Alumni mentoring at BU

Get involved, inspire the next generation and discover the latest talent entering your industry. Our alumni mentoring scheme matches the skills and experiences of BU’s graduates with the career aspirations of our current students.

As an alumni mentor, you will be matched with a student mentee to provide advice on making the first steps into graduate employment. Your mentee will set out the areas they’d like to work on at the start of the mentorship – from improving their CV to interview tips or insights into the skills which employers are looking for.

Mentorships operate on a 1:1 basis and typically last for three months. You will be supported throughout by the Alumni Relations Team.

Covid/face to face contact 

We are pleased to report that our alumni mentoring is continuing to operate unaffected by Covid-19. Contact between mentors and mentees takes place remotely (by email or video call) with no requirement for face-to-face contact.

Why get involved?

By volunteering your time as a mentor, you can:

  • Use your experiences to give back and support the careers of others
  • Develop new professional skills
  • Make contact with emerging talent entering your sector
  • Gain increased exposure for your organisation and build new networks.

Here’s what some of our existing mentors and mentees have said about the programme:

It is important to support the people trying to better themselves and progress however we can. I also recognise how beneficial it can be to have a current student or graduate from the course come back and talk to the students. It helps to hear from people that have experienced the issues you are experiencing, knowing that they have progressed as a result of all their hard work and giving you an idea of what potentially lies ahead. ​​I'm supporting my employee to be a Mentor as this as it will be good for her further development.” 
Malcolm Bussey

 

How it works

Our mentoring programme is open for student applications at two points in the academic year – November and April. We also run subject-specific mentoring programmes based on demand across the year.

We are always looking for new alumni mentors from all sectors and subjects of study. Recent programmes have included students from design and engineering, computing and informatics, marketing communications, psychology and media production.

To express an interest, complete our online alumni details form, and tick the ‘alumni mentoring’ box under the ‘Getting involved and volunteering section’. We will get in touch to let you know about relevant opportunities.

Alumni mentoring in 2020-21

Due to the success of the 2019-2020 Alumni Mentoring Programme, in 2020-21 we will be increasing the scope of the programme to support students from the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
  • MA Multimedia Journalism
  • MA Media Production
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Design and Engineering
  • Business and Management Top-Up

We will also be facilitating mentoring matches to assist students from the following countries:

  • Taiwan
  • Nigeria
  • Turkey

You can find out more by reading our Alumni Mentoring Handbook (pdf 223kb).

Michelle Winter, Alumni Project OfficerMichelle leads our mentoring programmes. Michelle says:

Our alumni have a wealth of professional knowledge and experience which we value, and we have enthusiastic students wishing to gain skills to help them in their future career. Matching students with an alumni mentor helps to prepare the next generation for the expectations of the workplace while also maintaining connections with our alumni community in ways which are beneficial and rewarding.”

Phone: +44 (0)1202 962092        Email: alumni@bournemouth.ac.uk