Professional mentoring

Employability Mentoring Project

Your opportunity to gain life-changing advice and guidance through an experienced industry mentor who can boost your career development.


What is Employability Mentoring?

This project is all about making connections and learning from people with industry experience. Mentoring provides our students with the opportunity to ask questions to professionals who are willing to offer their time and experience in group, online and one to one settings. The project aims to improve the employability of our students using industry mentors. We do this by taking students through four key stages:

  • Where am I now? We will help you to clarify where you are at in relation to your own employability and its current value.
  • Where do I want to be? We will help you to identify a future desired state as to the sort of professional you aim to become.
  • How will I get there? We will help you to explore future pathways using the experience and perspectives of our employability mentors.
  • What is my action plan? We will help you to undertake actions based on new learning to think, speak and act differently in order to become the professional you seek to be.

Think of the Employability Mentoring project as a journey which will help you as a student grow and learn about yourself with the support of professional mentors.

This short film tells you more about what we do:

Produced by Josh Penlington, DMU graduate.

What do students think?

"Talking to a mentor has given me a better understanding of the way employers think and what they expect and accordingly tailor my application to give myself a good chance." - Sumon

"I found out that mentoring is not just about employability but is also about becoming the best you can be in every aspect of life." - Kam

"The vast amount advice I received was extremely useful to go forward keeping me motivated whilst studying." - Kate

"I discovered more about networking events and using social media such as LinkedIn to stand out and communicate with potential employers." - Ejiro

Group mentoring

Group mentoring is a chance to ask questions and to learn from the questions of fellow student mentees. It’s also a great opportunity to get comfortable with industry professionals and learn from their responses before being matched to your one to one mentor.

How do I find out more?

Applications for the scheme are currently closed. We will have a new round of recruitment in August 2020 for mentoring where you as a student can formally apply to be part of the scheme. If in the interim you would like to meet with the scheme manager to sample mentoring and arrange a number of mentoring sessions with them to see how it can improve your employability, contact us at Thank you.

Latest project news

Our Employability Mentoring newsletter contains the latest news about the project and updates from the team:

Employability Mentoring Newsletter December 2019

A quality assured project

Our work is quality assured and accredited by the NCVO resulting in our achievement of the Approved Provider Standard quality mark in December 2018.

 NCVO approved provider

Contact our team

General project email:

Andy Morris 
Employability Mentoring Manager

T: 0116 207 8979 
M: 07909 000127 

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