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Business and Management mentor programme

Personalised alumni support to optimise your career prospects

Aim of the scheme

Challenges can be involved in transitioning into the working world, and sometimes you need career guidance from role models who have been through it themselves.

By matching you with experienced alumni mentors who have had a similar start to their career journey, our Business and Management mentoring programme helps you develop your career. In three one-on-one virtual meetings, mentors support current students as they transition from graduate to professional. Students can benefit from key advice, job support, and specialist industry insights while mentors can also boost confidence and highlight opportunities.  



How can mentors help you?

You'll be matched with a mentor who can help guide your development and have objectives focused on your needs and goals. 

You will have access to:

  • Career advice    Benefit from CV advice, how to approach assessment centres, where to find jobs in a range of sectors, how to stand out on an interview, what skills employers value, how to secure placements, and applying for graduate job schemes.
  • Transition tips — Explore the key skills you may need to transition from graduate to professional. How can you get ahead of the curve and hit the ground running?
  • Industry insights — Hear graduates share their own career experiences and journeys, current trends, and what skills are required to succeed in specific industries and companies.
  • Networking — How to expand your professional network, create a strong personal brand on LinkedIn, and network in-person and digitally.
  • Friendly mentors  Work with approachable mentors, ask questions in an informal 1-to-1 setting and, discover opportunities for personal and professional growth.  
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Who are the mentors? 

Mentors are all alumni of the Business School who have also experienced the same journey and are now embedded in the business realm. Mentors want to give back and are volunteering to help students at a crucial time in their development.

Mentors are ideally placed to offer guidance based on their experience and expertise, providing insights into a broad range of industries with participating alumni from companies such as Audi, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Balfour Beatty, and Jacobs Media Group.

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Register for the programme

Applications for the 2023/24 programme are open between September 2023 - October 2023.

The programme runs from November 2023 - April 2024 with three virtual meetings focused on the needs of the individual student.

Current University of Portsmouth Business and Management students (Level 5 and Level 6) are eligible to apply although spaces are limited.

If you are interested, you should contact your personal tutor for more information on what the scheme involves and how to enrol. Alternatively, you can email phil.seery@port.ac.uk for more information.