Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme

A student receiving guidance from a mentor at the Leaders in Residence workship

 Our Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme connects our undergraduate students with professionals from industry. Through the mentoring relationship, students get a chance to enhance their employability skills and start to build their professional networks, as mentors pass on their knowledge, expertise and experience to support the career paths of their mentees. 

We have recruited over 180 mentors in a wide range of roles from companies including KPMGM&SPwCSantander, Barclays and L’Oréal. They pass on their skills, knowledge and experience to help you when searching for internships, placements and graduate opportunities.

Last year over a third of our mentees on the scheme were offered opportunities such as work shadowing, work experience or an internship through their mentor

This competitive scheme aims to enhance your employability, expand your professional network, increase your confidence and develop keys skills that will provide you with a competitive edge in the graduate labour market.

What can mentoring involve?

  • Visiting your mentor’s workplace to gain an insight into the business environment
  • Discussing career plans to get an unbiased, experienced view of your next steps 
  • Networking with your mentor’s colleagues to find out about alternative roles
  • Accessing shadowing or work experience opportunities 
  • Gaining a realistic knowledge of various career roles and developing a personal strategy for success 
  • Guidance on the interview and selection process 
  • Constructive advice on demonstrating the skills employers are looking for

Benefits of mentoring

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement and support 
  • Learn from the experiences of others 
  • Increase your social and academic confidence 
  • Become more empowered to make decisions 
  • Develop communication, study and personal skills 
  • Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues 
  • Identify goals and establish a sense of direction 
  • Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your career 
  • Have an opportunity to network

Applying for the scheme is a competitive process and capacity is limited; successful students are matched with a professional and receive one-to-one mentoring for an academic year. 

A picture of a mentor with a mentee

One of our mentors delivering a workshop

For further information, please contact: Anna France, Professional Development Officer T: 0113 3432617, E: a.france@leeds.ac.uk

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Mentoring is a powerful tool – as a mentor you support a mentee to manage their own learning and development. You help set personal goals and work together towards achieving positive change. By sharing your knowledge, experience and expertise, you can help your mentee develop a competitive edge in the graduate job market

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact: Anna France, Professional Development Officer T: 0113 3432617, E: a.france@leeds.ac.uk

Jordan Hamilton BSc Economics

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In my first year, coming to university without having studied Economics or Maths, I looked for a programme which would help me with my base knowledge. The Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme gave me the opportunity to have a mentor from the finance industry throughout my time at university. This enabled me to expand my network along with providing application advice.
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