Would you like to help our students navigate their career options and develop employability skills?
Our students are inspired by hearing about the professional experience and career paths of our graduates. Whether you are a recent graduate in the early stages of your career or you have been a member of our alumni community for many years, you will have valuable advice to share with current students who are navigating their career options and developing their employability skills.
If you would like to volunteer a little time to help our students prepare for life after university, we’d love to hear from you!
The university’s Careers, Employability and Alumni Relations team is seeking alumni volunteers to participate in the following activities:
- Mentoring a student
This might involve speaking with a student (by phone or video call, or in person if practical) approximately four times over a three-month period to support the student’s career thinking and employability skills development. For example, our Law School currently runs a successful mentoring scheme which connects current students with legal practitioners. We are interested in running a similar scheme for other professions and recruiting more mentors for our law students.
- Holding a career discovery conversation with students
This would typically be a one-off conversation (conducted by phone or video call) with a student who has an interest in working in the same (or closely related) profession as you. You would be contacted by someone in our Careers Service before a student is introduced to you, no more frequently than once per month.
- Being a guest speaker at a careers event.
This would involve being one of a panel of guest speakers at a careers event (virtually via Zoom, or in person on campus), talking informally to our students about your work and career path and answering their questions.
- Arranging job shadowing (remotely or in person) for a student
This would involve hosting a student at your place of work, in person or remotely, for a short period (e.g. half a day or up to two days) unpaid, to help them gain insight into a career avenue that they are considering.
- Offering paid work experience or an internship (remotely or in person)
If you or your organisation is in a position to offer paid work experience or an extended work placement / internship to our students (remotely or in person), then we would be pleased to help you promote such opportunities to our students.
To register your interest in any of these volunteering opportunities please complete this form. We will then contact you with more information and to discuss how you would like to get involved.
Registering your interest does not commit you to undertaking these voluntary activities, but indicates that you would like to know more about what is involved.
To find out how our Careers and Employability team supports alumni, visit this page.