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Mentoring

Student Futures are offering an e-mentoring scheme, which is open to all students to connect with employers who are willing to offer advice and support.

Be inspired by a mentor

As a Teesside University student, Student Futures is offering a fantastic opportunity for you to connect with a mentor to help shape your career aspirations, options and outcomes - from asking simple careers questions to developing a long term relationship with a business professional, mentoring is a proven method to help shape and guide your next steps. The first step is to recognise the benefits it could bring; the second is to find a good mentor.

We want to enhance your student learning and career journey, by giving you opportunities to access business and industry mentors. If you are interested or would like to find out more, please complete the mentee form or contact Student Futures.

Frequently asked questions for mentees

How can a Mentor help me?

A mentor can provide you with valuable insight into your chosen career and offer you valuable advice and support. An effective mentor also motivates and challenges – helping you to reach your full potential.

What is the role of the Mentee?

You should be proactive and willing to learn from your mentor. It is important to listen to the advice given and to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

How are mentors/mentees matched?

All participants complete a questionnaire. Mentors give details of their experience and the help they can offer. Mentees give details of their career goals and the help they would like. The Student Futures team then carefully assess who would make a suitable pairing.

What if I don’t get along with my mentor?

Mentoring, like any other relationship, doesn’t always work. If you find that the relationship isn’t working out, it is in both of your interests to end it. You should be courteous and thank your mentor for the opportunity and time given. The Student Futures team will be happy to arrange another pairing.

What if my mentor cannot meet my objectives?

It is not a failure of either party if the relationship doesn’t meet your objectives. You should have an honest discussion with your mentor about objectives and expectations and either try to work through any problems or end the pairing. Both parties would then be free to move on to a new mentor/mentee pairing.

What if my mentor can’t help with a specific issue?

A mentor is not expected to be able to answer every question and deal with all issues. The team at Student Futures are always available to help you with any queries that arise.

What if my mentor isn’t giving me enough time?

It is a good idea to have a set schedule from the outset to avoid any problems. You could agree on a certain day to email or schedule a recurring telephone/teams meeting. Regular contact will help you both make meaningful progress. Be realistic about the time your mentor has to offer you.

What should I do if I don’t hear from my mentor for a few weeks?

Ideally, your mentor will give you advance notice of times when they will be unavailable. However, there may be occasions when they are out of contact due to unexpected circumstances. If you haven’t heard anything, try sending a polite email and allow a week or two for a response. If you haven’t heard anything after that time you should notify the Student Futures team.

Are all mentors Teesside Alumni?

No, whilst many mentors have studied at Teesside University, we do have mentors from a variety of backgrounds.

Is there any time commitment?

Ideally, the mentoring partnership needs to last for a period of a few months to be of maximum benefit to both parties. We would also recommend a minimum of 1 hour per month. At the beginning of the pairing, it is best to set out a timescale that suits both you and your mentor.

Must the meetings be in person or can they be in other ways?

Meetings can be in whatever format suits you both. At the moment we are not encouraging face-to-face meetings and would suggest telephone/MS Teams meetings.

Is mentoring confidential?

Yes, both you and your mentor are expected to respect each other’s privacy and not divulge any personal/confidential/business information to others.

Will my mentor have more than one mentee?

Possibly, although we do ask our mentors to have no more than 2 or 3 mentees to ensure that they can give you the time that you need.

Will there be any supervision of mentoring pairs?

The relationship between you and your mentor will be private but the Student Futures team are available to assist with any problems.

If other commitments come up, can I leave the programme?

Yes, you can leave the programme if you are unable to continue for any reason. We would ask you to notify your mentor and the Student Futures team of your intention to leave.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Contact the Student Futures team at studentfutures@tees.ac.uk

Inspire our students - become a mentor

Mentors experience in the world of work can transform a Teesside University student’s career outcomes. We would like to connect our students with working professionals, like you, to provide them with the opportunity to share in your knowledge, experience and expertise, thus helping them to become work-ready.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor to help us to develop, challenge and influence our student community in developing their self-confidence and becoming leaders of the future please complete the mentor form or contact Student Futures.

We looking forward to receiving your profile.

Frequently asked questions for mentors

What is my role as a Mentor?

As a mentor, you will provide your mentee with valuable insight into their chosen career and offer them advice and support. You should also motivate your mentee and challenge them in order to help them reach their full potential.

What are the benefits of being a Mentor?

Mentoring helps you to develop your leadership skills and expand your skillset. It will reinforce your knowledge and improve your listening and interpersonal skills.

What is the role of the Mentee?

Your mentee should be proactive and willing to learn from you. It is important that they listen to your advice and be willing to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves.

How are mentors/mentees matched?

All participants complete a questionnaire. Mentors give details of their experience and the help they can offer. Mentees give details of their career goals and the help they would like. The Student Futures team then carefully assess who would make a suitable pairing.

What if I don’t get along with my mentee?

Mentoring, like any other relationship, doesn’t always work. If you find that the relationship isn’t working out, it is in both of your interests to end it but do so tactfully and courteously. The Student Futures team will be happy to arrange another pairing.

What if I am unable to meet my mentee’s objectives?

It is not a failure on your part if the relationship doesn’t meet your mentee’s objectives. You should have an honest discussion with your mentee about their objectives and expectations and either try to work through any problems or end the pairing. Both parties would then be free to move on to a new mentor/mentee pairing.

What if I can’t help with a specific issue?

A a mentor, you are not expected to be able to answer every question and deal with all issues. The team at Student Futures are always available to help with any queries that arise.

What if my mentee wants more time than I can give?

It is a good idea to have a set schedule from the outset to avoid any problems. You could agree on a certain day to answer emails or schedule a recurring telephone/teams meeting. Regular contact will help you both make meaningful progress. Be honest about the time you have to offer.

What should I do if I don’t hear from my mentee for a few weeks?

Wherever possible, your mentee should give you advance warning of any times that they may be unavailable as students are often away from campus for long periods of time. If you haven’t heard anything, try sending a polite email and allow a week or two for a response. If you haven’t heard anything after that time you should notify the Student Futures team.

Are all mentors Teesside Alumni?

No, whilst many mentors have studied at Teesside University, we welcome mentors from a variety of backgrounds.

Is there any time commitment?

Ideally, the mentoring partnership needs to last for a period of a few months to be of maximum benefit to both parties. We would also recommend a minimum of 1 hour per month. At the beginning of the pairing, it is best to set out a timescale that suits both you and your mentee.

Must the meetings be in person or can they be in other ways?

Meetings can be in whatever format suits you and your mentee. At the moment we are not encouraging face-to-face meetings and would suggest telephone/MS Teams meetings.

Is mentoring confidential?

Yes, both you and your mentee are expected to respect each other’s privacy and not divulge any personal/confidential/business information to others.

Can I have more than one mentee?

Whilst it is possible, we would recommend no more than 2 or 3 mentees at any one time.

Will there be any supervision of mentoring pairs?

The relationship between mentor/mentee will be private but the Student Futures team are available to assist with any problems.

If other commitments come up, can I leave the programme?

Yes, you can leave the programme if you are unable to continue for any reason. We would ask you to notify your mentee and the Student Futures team of your intention to leave.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Contact the Student Futures team at studentfutures@tees.ac.uk

Mentor Evaluation

Now your mentoring has finished we want to hear from you about your experiences as a mentor, please complete the following form:
Mentor evaluation form

Mentee Evaluation

Now your mentoring has finished we want to hear from you about your experiences as a mentee, please complete the following form:
Mentee evaluation form