Employer Mentoring Programme


Employer Mentoring Programme

Applications for the Employer Mentoring Programme will open in September 2024 content

Applications for the Employer Mentoring Programme will open in September 2024

Want to connect with a professional in your sector or subject of interest? Look no further!

What is the mentoring programme?

The UHI Mentoring Programme has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to access insights, advice, and support, from a professional working in one of the following areas:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Business and Education content

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Business and Education

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Business and Education

  • Accounting and Financial Services
  • Business (general)
  • Economics
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Events
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Sports, adventure, and outdoor learning
  • Tourism
  • Social Sciences
  • Politics and Criminology
  • History and Literature
  • Child and Youth Studies
Faculty of Science, Health and the Environment content

Faculty of Science, Health and the Environment

Faculty of Science, Health and the Environment

  • Aircraft Engineering
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Management
  • Applied Software Development
  • Archaeology and Environmental Studies
  • Architectural Technology
  • Bioscience
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Forest Management
  • Geography
  • Interactive Media
  • Marine Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sustainable Development
  • Health and Social Studies
  • Integrative Healthcare
  • Psychology

Hear from some of our participants

Hear more from participants about their experience as a mentee or mentor on the UHI Employer Mentoring Programme.

Emilie Massard – Student Testimonial content

Emilie Massard – Student Testimonial

Some insights from Emilie, a 3rd year Business and Management student, on her experience as a mentee on the 2021-22 programme.

Grant Anderson – Student Testimonial content

Grant Anderson – Student Testimonial

Some insights from Grant, a 4th year Energy Engineering student, on his experience as a mentee on the 2021-22 programme.

Dener Pereira – Student Testimonial content

Dener Pereira – Student Testimonial

Some insights from Dener, an events Management student, on his experience as a mentee on the 2021-22 programme.

Lauren Keenan - Student Testimonial content

Lauren Keenan - Student Testimonial

Some insights from Lauren, an Applied Software Development student, on her experience as a mentee on the 2022-23 programme.

Jodie Stevenson - Mentor Testimonial content

Jodie Stevenson - Mentor Testimonial

Jodie Stevenson - Mentor Testimonial

The programme is a lovely way for students to not only network, but to build relationships within the industry that they desire to build a career in. It is a great way for guidance and contacts to be shared from those already working within that industry, down to those that wish to be there or potentially just learn more about. Not only was it great for myself and the student, but also for all my colleagues that got involved along the way. This level of advice and coaching would be difficult for students to obtain, to the same degree outside of the programme. As a mentor, it was very rewarding to watch the enthusiasm at the start of the programme, turn into growth, confidence and knowledge within the individual, that I know will be transferable skills as they continue on from being a student and into their chosen career. I really appreciated that UHI paired the students with mentors within the industry of their desired career. As a professional, it was very encouraging to work with an individual that was excited about entering our profession and the opportunity that I had to help shape and guide them on this route.

Jodie Stevenson

Lyn Goodenough - Student Testimonial content

Lyn Goodenough - Student Testimonial

Lyn Goodenough - Student Testimonial

The mentoring programme has been transformational for me. My mentor has been fantastic, and she motivated me to start my own business and I am now set up and the business in growing steadily. Doing this has also given me confidence and helped to secure a position as a Complementary Therapist in the hospice. In addition, I entered a business enterprise competition through UHI and won a prize recently which is great.

Lyn Goodenough

Denisa Hurmuzachi - Student Testimonial content

Denisa Hurmuzachi - Student Testimonial

Denisa Hurmuzachi - Student Testimonial

I am studying BEngH Aircraft Engineering, I am in year 3. I am so grateful that I entered in this programme because my mentor presented me an inside view of the industry and the skills that I will need to achieve. I was concerned about my career and qualifications, and also about my plan of doing something else. I was worried that I will not have the right qualifications and I will not be able to get a job. My mentor explained to me everything from how to write my CV, to what an employer is expecting from a candidate when applying for a job. When it came to change my career path he did not hesitate, and he provided the best support and the right people to help me with all my questions. Overall, I really recommend this programme because it gave me a different perspective on what to do when it comes to apply and find a job.

Denisa Hurmuzachi


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What does the mentoring programme look like?

It runs over 6 months (October to April) with mentoring taking place via e-mail, phone, or video call - whichever suits you and your mentor. This is an easily accessible yet hugely beneficial learning, development, and networking opportunity.

Discussions with your mentor are to be held at least once a month for the duration. It is expected that communication will be more frequent than this however, and we encourage ongoing discussion to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

You’ll be able to liaise with your mentor on a number of topics and discuss a range of opportunities. Participating in this exciting programme will boost your CV and confidence, and result in a broad range of positive benefits for you now and into the future!

Students who have taken part in the programme will also be invited to attend a concluding session.

The session will involve some short, valuable exercises, and helpful information presentations from some of the organisations supporting the programme and the Careers and Employability Team.

Who can apply?

Students from any campus and any subject area, in their 3rd or 4th year of study.

Students on creative courses will be offered the chance to undertake the FutureCreative Programme, which offers similar mentoring opportunities. Watch this space for more information!

Who will mentor me?

When you apply, you will be asked to tell us a bit more about your topics of interest, and the type of sector or specialism you’d like your mentor to have experience in.

All of our confirmed mentors are passionate about providing you with the opportunity to discuss career aspirations, employability prospects and opportunities, and developments or trends in your selected area of interest. You may even want to identify any work experience or job opportunities they may be able to help you with, or discuss their career path and experiences, and how they got to where they are today. Discussions can also delve into the pace of change in business today, digital advancements, changes in the workforce and customers, and business development.

Application process

Applications for the 2023-24 programme are now closed.

Please keep checking this webpage for updates on next year's programme, with applications opening in September 2024. 

If you would like some support in completing your application when the time comes, then please get in touch with the UHI Futures Team: careers@uhi.ac.uk

What happens after I apply?

Applications will be reviewed, and you will be matched to a mentor depending on your interests and subject area, and depending on the availability of mentors. You will have to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.

You will then be provided with your mentor’s contact details so that you can get in touch with them to set up your first meeting/discussion. At that point, you should share your objectives with them. They will be able to help gauge whether your objectives can be reasonably achieved during the programme.

You will then embark on a programme of relationship/knowledge building with your mentor!

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