Pathways into Accounting - Mentor Celebration

Pathways into Accounting mentor programme

Tailored support to optimise your career prospects

Aim of the scheme

Transitioning into the working world can be challenging, and you sometimes need tailored support and career guidance from role models who have experienced the same journey.

Our Pathways into Accounting mentoring programme has been designed to help your career development by matching you with experienced alumni mentors who have shared the same start to their career journey. Mentors offer current students personalised support to ease the transition from graduate to professional with three one-on-one virtual meetings. Alumni offer key advice, industry insights and job support, and help to boost their mentee's confidence ahead of entering the world of work.  

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.

Pathways into Accounting - Mentor Celebration

You'll access: 

  • Transition tips — Explore the key skills you may need as to transition from graduate to professional. What can you do to get ahead of the curve and hit the ground running?
  • 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 interview and applying for graduate job schemes.
  • Industry insights — Hear graduates share their own career experiences and journeys, current trends, and what it takes to succeed in specific industries and companies.
  • Friendly mentors Work with approachable mentors and ask questions in an informal 1-to-1 setting. 
  • Networking opportunities — Expand your professional network and learning how to network in-person and digitally.

After we established a baseline during our first meeting, we discussed my academic journey, how I’ve overcome and adapted to drastic life changes. My mentor always listened attentively and provided guidance and encouragement, and maintained professionalism throughout our interactions. The programme provided a mentor with similar personality traits and a friendly face outside of the university environment.

Joleen Williams, Pathways into Accounting Mentee 2022/23

B-roll Day one - drinks at park building cafe

Who are the mentors?

All mentors are accounting alumni who have experienced the same journey as you in the Business School, and who are now embedded in the working world. 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, and can provide insights into a broad range of industries with participating alumni from companies such as: Deloitte, Barclays, AstraZeneca and Stifel Financial Corporation.

A mentor scheme would have been helpful when I was at University to get insight into transitioning to a real work environment and what to expect in terms of job hierarchy, different work pathways and company cultures. 

Mary Amalathas , Pathways into Accounting Mentor 2022/2023, BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance, 2014

Jesse Targema-Takema - Pathways into Accounting Mentoring

Accounting with Finance graduate Jesse Targema-Takema discusses being part of the Pathways into Accounting alumni mentoring programme which supports students as they transition from graduate to working professional.

Pathways into Accounting - Mentor Celebration

Register for the programme

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

The programme runs from November 2022 - April 2023 with three virtual meetings focused on the needs of the individual student.

Current University of Portsmouth Accounting students (all levels) 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 for more information.

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