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.
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.”
Media & Communications
Dan Brown, Media & Communications Mentor
"I’ve really enjoyed the Bournemouth University mentoring programme so far, it’s very fulfilling and a great way to give back. I used to attend every guest lecture at BU and ask a tonne of questions to get advice from the industry professionals. Being able to access this advice now through the mentoring programme on a 1-1 basis is a fantastic way for students to get valuable career support and I’m very happy to pass on my personal experiences to others looking to enter the media industry."
- Dan Brown, Media & Communications Mentor
Mentor Elena Rubio Hall and mentee Tanya Garcia Ayala
Mentor Elena Rubio Hall (Production Controller, Television Drama) met with her mentee, Tanya Garcia Ayala, who is studying MA Producing Film and Television.
Elena said: "This is so great, being able to meet my mentee in person and to be able to offer advice and support. It's such a great opportunity for the students to gain knowledge from someone like myself working within the industry, it can lead to great things in the future."
Tanya said: "I'm enjoying having such a great mentor and learning more about the industry. Elena is so supportive and is advising me today on my CV and how to network to build future contacts."
Jemma Wood, Media & Communications Mentee
"I’ve found the scheme extremely helpful. My mentor works as a TV editor and has given me lots of advice around my CV and entering the industry. Applying for the scheme is so easy and you get so much out of it."
- Jemma Wood, Media & Communications student
Chris Stoaling, Media & Communications Mentor
"I found the reflective process of trawling my experience to provide targeted advice very rewarding. I was impressed with the mentee's clearly defined objective, they just needed guidance on possible pathways. I hope some of my insight proves helpful to the mentee in finding clarity in forging a career."
- Chris Stoaling, Media & Communications Mentor
John Rosser, BU Media & Communications graduate
"I’ve loved being able to give graduates starting their careers in TV the kind of information I wish someone had been there to give me. It’s also been a fascinating opportunity to look at my own profession in a critical light, which I’ve found really rewarding and stimulating."
- John Rosser, BU Media & Communications Mentor
Emily Daniels, Psychology Mentor
"The mentoring programme for me has been really interesting. I've been able to be the person I felt I needed when I was going through my last year of university. Next steps and careers felt really daunting despite going to the seminars and lectures that were offered to help at the time. To be able to help others with what I know now (and I am still learning) is rewarding and hopefully my mentee feels the same!"
- Emily Daniels, Media and Communications Mentor
Tessa Thomas, Psychology Mentee
"The Alumni Mentoring Scheme has been very beneficial for me! It has allowed me to gain an understanding of life after graduation and how to navigate my way through applying for jobs and building an outstanding CV. It has also been uplifting building a professional relationship with someone in a position I aspire to be! My Mentor has been great, answering all my questions and advising me on any queries I have. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested as it's been such a fun and valuable experience for me."
- Tessa Thomas, Psychology Mentee
Roxanne Opas, Psychology Mentor
"I have found the mentoring experience both humbling and rewarding. I feel honoured that my mentee let me be a part of her university journey and pleased to have helped to provide guidance, even in the smallest of ways. I'm proud of the fact that BU recognises the value alumni can add to the university experience."
- Roxanne Opas, Psychology Mentor
Holly Sumpter, Psychology Mentee
"The scheme has been highly beneficial and I would definitely recommend it! I had a great mentor and he offered useful and insightful advice, suggestions and tips both towards my dissertation and in my search for a graduate job after university.
I would highly recommend the scheme for any students who are unsure of their future career choices, need tips and recommendations for interviews, CV or presentation skills, as well as those wanting to maximise their time management skills throughout their final year.
It’s great to be connected with an expert in your area of interest, who encourages you to pursue potential career opportunities as well as providing useful advice throughout the entire year at university, and after!"
- Holly Sumpter, Psychology Mentee
Design & Engineering
Thomas Faragher, Design & Engineering Mentee
"I’ve only just joined the programme, however I've exchanged a couple of emails with my mentor and so far I would say it's been very beneficial to share an insight with someone who has relevant industry experience. I’m looking forward to what the future may hold."
- Thomas Faragher, Design & Engineering student
Matt Bird, Design & Engineering Mentor
"For me its been a very positive and valuable experience, we've had some good email conversations and I've been able to answer questions about my career and how I got there which I believe has been helpful. We are going to remain in contact so I can answer any other questions, especially as she applies for more role."
- Matt Bird, BU Graduate
Megan Butler, Design & Engineering student
"My mentor was a great help all round. I have been to visit his office and had a chat with him and his work partner about what they do and they both gave me great feedback on my portfolio and general advice".
- Megan Butler, Design & Engineering student
Cameron Falconer-Cunningham, Design & Engineering student
"I have found the mentoring programme to be extremely helpful and it has provided me with a lot of really valuable information in the areas I am interested in.
The experience has been brilliant overall”
- Cameron Falconer-Cunningham, Design and Engineering student
Manjot Sekhon, Public Relations student
"This programme has given me a real understanding of where I want to be after I graduate. My mentor has inspired me to look into alternative opportunities that I would not have originally had the confidence to apply to."
- Manjot Sekhon, PR student
Martha Davis, Public Relations student
"Caroline, my mentor, was very supportive. Our conversation offered great insights into the sector I wish to work in. She offered really good advice regarding looking for jobs and helped me to understand the short-term goals I should aim for whilst finishing my final semester at BU."
- Martha Davis, PR student
Kevin Coles, Public Relations Mentor
“My degree from Bournemouth has been the bedrock of my career, so being part of the mentoring scheme was a great way of showing my appreciation and getting involved. Working with my mentee hopefully helped him to better define his career choice, but was equally as rewarding for me, providing the opportunity to offer advice to the new generation of PR professionals.”
– Kevin Coles, BU graduate
Vera Markova, Public Relations Mentor
“Mentoring has been a sheer joy as it helped me to understand university graduates' concerns and how I can address these to become a better employer, mentor and colleague.”
– Vera Markova, BU Graduate - Founder of Revolucia
Yana Miladinova, Public Relations student
"It was very helpful to have a mentor in my final year at University. It was amazing to have that additional relationship with a professional from the industry, not just our lecturers. I would definitely recommend it to other students and I would love to be a mentor in the future. It was a great experience."
– Yana Miladinova, PR student
Kirstie Price, Public Relations Mentor
"From discussions we had, I believe my mentee got a lot out of having the opportunity to ask questions about life after university and it provided me a great experience to reflect on what I have achieved since graduation.
“I think the scheme is a great idea and am happy to continue supporting future students"
– Kirstie Price, BU PR graduate
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 2019-20
Due to the success of the 2018-19 Alumni Mentoring Programme, in 2019-20 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
- BA (Hons) Marketing Communications with Public Relations
- BSc (Hons) Design Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Computing
We will also be facilitating mentoring matches to assist students from the following countries:
You can find out more by reading our Alumni Mentoring Handbook (pdf 223kb).
Michelle Winter – Alumni Project Officer
Michelle leads our mentoring programmes. She enjoys connecting students with graduates who can pass on advice and insights as they take the first steps in their careers.
Phone: +44 (0)1202 962092