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How can a mentor help you?

Higher education can be both exciting and incredibly challenging, especially so when you may have moved away from home, and possibly not have developed the same support networks here. Fortunately, at the University of Brighton we recognise the importance of mentorship in helping students navigate these challenges and make the most of their university experience.

Why mentoring matters

Mentorship can play a pivotal role in personal and professional development as you develop through your time here at university. A mentor is not just a guide but a source of inspiration, offering valuable insights and support.

What are the benefits of having a mentor

Personalised Guidance

A mentor can provide you with individual support tailored to your needs and aspirations. Whether you’re a graduate navigating the transition to the professional world, or an undergraduate seeking academic guidance, a mentor can offer you advice suited to your situation.

  • 76% of people think mentors are important, but only 37% have one (Source)

Building Confidence

Throughout mentoring, you will work with your mentor to develop skills and attributes that work on your confidence in professional settings. A mentor can act as a pillar of support, helping you build confidence in your abilities and decisions.

  • 87% of mentors and mentees say that their mentoring relationships make them feel empowered and assist them to develop a more prominent sense of confidence in themselves. (Source)

Professional Insight

For those in the graduate mentoring program, gaining insights into the professional world is invaluable. A mentor from the industry can share real-world experiences, offer career advice, and help you shape your professional identity.

  • 97% of individuals with a mentor feel they are highly impactful and valuable. (Source)

Mentoring at the University of Brighton: A Closer Look

Open to all students, the University of Brighton’s range of mentoring programmes serve as catalysts for personal and professional growth. Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate, you can apply for a mentor at any time, fostering a supportive community for all students.

  1. Graduate Mentoring Programme – Designed for graduating students, the Graduate Mentoring programme bridges the gap between academia and the professional world. This non-identity match programme runs from June to October, providing crucial support during this transitional period.
  2. Men in Primary – The Men in Primary mentoring programme is tailored for male trainee primary school teachers, fostering male representation in education. This identity match programme connects mentees with male primary school teachers, offering support beyond the school placement setting.
  3. LGBTQ+ Uni-Amex Mentoring – In collaboration with American Express, this programme is specifically for LGBTQ+ identified students. It pairs students with professionals from the LGBTQ+ Pride Network at American Express, providing tailored support for career goals and confidence building.
  4. Identity Mentoring Match – The Identity Mentoring Match programme focuses on connecting students with mentors who share similar cultural or racial backgrounds. This initiative fosters cultural connections and supports students in working towards their goals and building confidence.
  5. Momentum – Open to all University of Brighton students, Momentum is an inclusive mentoring programme connecting students with volunteer professionals. The programme is flexible, allowing students to apply for a mentor at any point throughout the year.

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Ollie Taylor • 30/01/2024

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