Employability mentoring scheme

Student and mentor at a desk.

The scheme links up our alumni, who are professionals from music and related industries, with current Music students. Our students are able to expand their professional networks and enhance their employability, whilst our mentors are able to engage with the School and invest in its success, network with potential employees, and develop communication and leadership qualities. 

To be a mentor, you'll need to be a professional with at least two years of work experience and able to commit a minimum of one hour per month for at least an academic year.

What do mentors do?

As a mentor you could support a mentee in many ways, for example, discussing career plans, sharing your knowledge of the workplace, and guidance on the interview and selection process.

What commitment do you need from mentors?

  • We ask you to offer a minimum of one hour a month – either online and/or in person - for at least an academic year.
  • Listen to the needs of your mentee and help guide them.
  • Complete online training.

How do I know if I would make a good mentor?

  • Are you enthusiastic and committed to the idea of mentoring?
  • Can you listen and offer constructive guidance and support?
  • Can you identify the mentee’s strengths and weaknesses and develop their potential?
  • Are you keen to see people develop and succeed?

If you can say yes to all the above, we think you'd be a great addition to the scheme.

What are the benefits for the School of Music?

  • The scheme is particularly aimed at students who are less likely to have an existing network of contacts – you’ll help them to build their own professional network and assist in their career development.
  • Our students become more confident and gain a better understanding of how companies work.
  • It develops employer relationships with the School of Music and the University. 

How do mentors sign up?

Contact the School for more information.

How do students sign up?

We'll be in touch via email at the start of each academic year with the opportunities available.