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Alumni mentoring in natural sciences

Mentoring is widely recognised as a valuable tool for helping graduates with the transition into their careers or further studies. 

Our mentoring programme

Our Faculty of Natural Sciences Alumni Career Mentoring Programme enables our mentors to help the next generation of Stirling students, giving first-hand knowledge of the experiences of their early career.

How our mentors help

Our mentors stay in touch with students and help by:

  • Discussing their career choices and options with them.
  • Assisting them to identify their skills, abilities and qualities.
  • Building their confidence and assisting them to improve on their weaknesses.
  • Informing them about internships and recruitment schemes open to graduates.
  • Providing advice about job applications, job searching and CV writing.
  • Providing opportunities for them to develop their interview skills.
  • Giving them an insight into a particular industry.

The mentoring project was a great opportunity to explore what options are out there and to hear from someone who used to be in a similar situation made it even more interesting.

Eszter Karath, student

The benefits of the scheme: for students

I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to be a mentor. There’s a gulf between academic qualifications and real experience. Anything, such as this mentoring programme that can lessen the gap, is a good thing. Students need the practical skills.

Duncan Perrin, mentor and risk management surveyor

  • Improving your existing employability skills and support the transition into graduate employment or education in your chosen field.
  • Building your self-esteem and confidence.
  • Providing specific insights into a particular industry and/or job role.
  • Developing long-term network opportunities.
  • Gaining a third-party non-judgemental perspective, for example on CVs and applications.
  • Helping clarify and enhance career direction and advancement.
  • Helping help you with understanding of the job market and searching for jobs.

The benefits of the scheme: for mentors

  • To reflect on your experiences from a new perspective, and to learn from those about to enter into employment.
  • To develop your leadership and coaching skills by guiding and supporting students.
  • To retain links with the Faculty which may lead to future collaborations, projects or events.
  • Sense of satisfaction in knowing you’ve helped students make the transition into their careers.
  • Employers appreciate CVs with volunteering, coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Studies suggest that participation in mentoring programmes has a significant positive impact on salary grade for both mentors and mentees. (Sun Microsystems University, case study, 2010. Calculating a mentor's effect on salary and retention, CGMA, December 2016).

How to become a mentor

Would you like to be involved? Your knowledge and experience can help and inspire our students as they start their career.

For more information and an application form please get in touch with fnsmentoring@stir.ac.uk.

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