Careers Service



Find out more about how a mentor could help you with your career planning and employability.

What is mentoring? 

Mentors offer advice and information to support people with their career and personal/professional development. You can benefit from a mentor’s experience and knowledge of a job role, employer or sector. The arrangement can be short or long term, depending on the type of support you need.

The National Careers Service has advice on how to get the most from mentoring.

Before contacting a mentor, consider:

  • what you hope to gain from mentoring, eg help with career planning, information about what their job involves, advice on building relevant skills
  • the amount of time you have available to commit and how often you'd like to meet

NCL Mentoring Programme

The Careers Service runs an annual mentoring programme for undergraduate students in partnership with the University's alumni engagement team

We will match you with one of our alumni mentors based on your career interests and introduce you to your mentor. We will help you to prepare and set yourself some goals that you can agree and discuss with your mentor.

The programme takes place over the course of 8 weeks, and during this time you will have 3 - 6 mentoring sessions lasting between 30 and 60 minutes. Most mentoring sessions will take place remotely on Teams or Zoom.

Ongoing support is available from the Careers Service during the programme and we will help you to reflect on your experience and how you can use it to develop your employability.

The programme takes place in Semester 2, over the course of 8 weeks.

Applications for the 2022 - 23 programme are now closed. 


To take part in the programme, you must be a current undergraduate student at Newcastle University.

Other ways of finding a mentor

If you work for a large employer, they may have a mentoring scheme that you can join, or you may be able to find a mentor from a part time job, work experience, volunteering or your personal contacts.

You could research companies or organisations and then reach out to contacts through a professional networking platform such as LinkedIn. For more information on connecting to people through LinkedIn, visit Making Contacts

Online mentoring programmes

You can use an online mentoring programme where you will be matched with an industry professional. 1-hour sessions are available on the following platforms:

More help

If you need more support with finding a mentor to help with career planning and employability,  book an appointment with an information adviser.