Our Manchester Gold mentoring scheme is one of our “crown jewels” – the chance for University of Manchester postgrads and undergrads to get one-to-one advice and support from someone further on in their career.
We always have a good range of mentors each year, but this year, looking at the list of mentors (pdf), even I’m impressed.
Who do our mentors work for?
Here’s a few of the organisations represented, to spark your interest:
L’Oreal, Airbus, KPMG, IBM, BT, Shelter, BBC, NHS, Science & Technology Facilities Council, Accenture, Xerox, Google, Eversheds, Manchester City Council, Rolls Royce, UBS Investment Bank … and the list goes on
What do our mentors do at work?
Here are some of our mentors’ job titles:
Nuclear Engineer, Vice-President, Editor, R&D Manager, Consultant, Senior Commercial Lawyer, Group Director – IT, Managing Director, HR Manager, Barrister, Lecturer, Chief Scientific Officer, Senior Creative Writer – plus a whole load more.
Different strands – something to suit everyone
Our general Manchester Gold scheme, open to all our postgrads and undergrads, covers a wide range of occupations, but we also have a number of specialist strands with mentors ideally placed to support different groups of students.
- China strand – over 50 mentors based in China from multinational organisations like Goldman Sachs, IBM, ABB (China), Unilever and local Chinese banks, financial institutions, consultancies, universities, airlines and more.
- Black and minority ethnic strand and Disability strand – mentors generally contribute to the main programme but have a particular interest in supporting students who fit into these strands.
- Female strand (supporting women where they are under-represented in the workforce)
- India and other international strand (very small at the moment – but so was the China strand until recently)
- LGBT strand
You need to be able to commit 20 hours of your time between November and April, attend introductory and closing sessions, and keep in contact with your mentor during the programme. It’s not a long term relationship you’re starting – it only runs until April, and you should expect about 4 meetings with your mentor during this time (obviously, contact will be different if you’re being mentored by someone based outside Manchester).
Improve your chances
First of all, apply before the deadline, which is 5pm, Wednesday 13th October 2010.
Full details and on-line application form are on the Manchester Gold pages of our website.
You do need to put some serious thought into your application, particularly why you would like a mentor, and some idea of either the career you would like to follow, or the skills you would like to be using in your future career.
It’s competitive – we normally get 10 applications for every place, but many of those have very little detail or are full of mistakes (don’t expect us to pass on your application to a barrister if there are any spelling errors!). Therefore, if you do put in a well thought out application and pay attention to detail, you’ve already improved your chances.
I can’t recommend this programme highly enough – it’s probably the best service we offer, so why not have a go? It could be your turn this year.