Finding a mentor
Once your membership with The Stirling Network has been approved, you can search or browse for mentors to help you with career guidance.
- Sign into thestirlingnetwork.com.
- In the side menu, select: ‘find a mentor’.
- You will see a list of mentors sugested for you by your degree subject and the industry you hope to work in. Click ‘Connect’ to visit their profile and ask them to mentor you.
- You can also use the ‘Finding a mentor’ page to search by location, company, or job function. Click ‘SEE ALL’ or ‘FIND YOUR OWN MENTOR’ to see all your possible mentors.
- When on their profile, click on the ‘Request mentoring’ button on the right hand side of the page. A text box will open, click on the drop down arrow and select the type of mentoring you would like to receive, e.g. career or internship advice. If this button is not visible, this person has not opted to be a mentor. You can only connect with other users who have opted to provide the type of help you are looking for.
- Compose a message to introduce yourself and explain a bit about your background, why you would like some help and what kind of help you would like. It would be good to show you have done your research, and that you have chosen them specifically, by referring to some of their experience from their profile and explaining why you think they may be able to help you. Keep your message polite but brief - your initial contact should be roughly a paragraph (about 200 words max as a rough guide).
- Once you have established a mentoring relationship, be respectful of people’s time by asking them how they would like to be contacted and how often.
Do I need to have a mentor?
There is no pressure to sign up as mentor or mentee.
You are in control of your account on The Stirling Network and you should use your profile settings to make sure you are available for the interactions you are looking for. You can sign up to mentor, or be mentored, at any time afterwards based on your needs and availability.
Please contact us for technical support and issues related to account approval and content on The Stirling Network.