Careers Mentoring Programmes - Become a Mentor

On our mentoring programmes, the mentor and mentee will meet with one another over a series of sessions with the aim that each mentoring partnership will:

  • Further encourage the selected mentees, by helping with confidence and fuelling their motivation to pursue their desired career path
  • Offer the mentees expert insight from those currently within the industry; increasing the understanding of a particular sector/organisation/job role
  • Present the opportunity to cultivate and enhance important employability skills
  • Potentially open up networking opportunities

Find out more about the two mentorship programmes available below and register your interest. 

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About the Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme 

Thanks to a generous donation by Sir Michael Moritz and Ms Harriet Heyman, the Crankstart Scholarship offers a programme of enhanced support to UK resident students studying for their first undergraduate degree from low-income backgrounds. The Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme matches Scholars with industry professionals from their sector of interest and over the course of 4-6 months will meet with their mentor four times.

Dates for the 2023-24 Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme are as below:

  • October – November 2023: Crankstart Scholars apply to be a mentee
  • October 2023: Information evening for interested Scholars
  • December 2023: Mentee training session
  • By early February 2024: All mentees are selected and matched with a suitable mentor
  • February 2024 onward: 4x mentoring sessions

About the Crankstart Internship Programme

The Crankstart Internship Programme offers internships exclusively to Crankstart Scholars. All Scholars have access to these internships, as well as:

  • A weekly bulletin, highlighting internships available through the exclusive Crankstart programme, as well as other opportunities with a widening participation initiative
  • Unlimited one to one dedicated support from a Careers Adviser or internship expert. Beyond offering advice, these sessions can help a student identify a particular employer or internship to approach as an applicant, separately to the Crankstart exclusive programme
  • Exclusive Round Table career talks and the Crankstart Career Development Programme

If you are interested in advertising an internship to the Crankstart Scholars, then please contact

With the generous support of the MaxEm Trust, the Promentor Programme offers mentoring by Oxford alumni exclusively for Foundation Year students and First Year undergraduates on bursaries at the University of Oxford. The Programme runs for 3 years (or 1 year if Foundation Year students do not carry on their studies with Oxford University).

Each year, ten students are selected to participate on the programme, following an application process. Each mentee is matched with alumni mentors which offers the mentees an unrivalled opportunity to engage with a range of experienced career professionals in a mentoring context.

Mentors are expected to: 

  • Act as a sounding board to students, providing advice in relation to gaining access to your profession or industry sector 
  • Be available to meet students, and to support them during the year with occasional phone calls, Teams calls, or meetings.
  • Commit to an initial meeting with one (or maybe more) students.


Although it may seem that the focus is primarily on the benefits of the programme for our students, a mentoring scheme has a number of benefits for the mentor. For example:

  • Developing guidance and advice skills, as well as communication skills
  • Gaining insight into current university student life, and therefore those that will be coming through the next rounds of graduate recruitment
  • A chance to reflect on your own achievements, and how your career has developed
  • Experience to enhance your CV
  • Being an important resource to those from low-income backgrounds who may not have been afforded these kind of opportunities in the past
  • Involvement in an expanding widening participation programme
  • Satisfaction and fulfilment from seeing mentees progress
  • Invitations to events and networking opportunities


Once a mentor and mentee are matched (this will be done by assessing the mentees’ applications, and matching with a suitable mentor), you are expected to commit to your mentoring sessions over a period to be decided and agreed upon between the mentor and mentee.

After being selected as a mentor, you will be sent a guide which further covers what is expected from this programme, as well as advice on mentoring techniques. You will also be given the opportunity to attend optional workshops and training sessions to ensure you get the most out of your mentoring partnerships. All mentees on our programme receive training so they are equipped with the skills they need to get the most out of it. 


Hear from Tracey West, CEO and Co-founder of Word Forest about her experience on the programme.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Promentor Programme and I'd like to end this year with a word of advice for others who are considering taking up the role next year. In order to experience the very best and most enjoyable moments that your own life can offer, it's a marvellous idea to pause a while to make an investment in somebody else's life journey. You might also learn a thing or two, too.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Careers Mentoring Programmes or are interested in becoming a mentor, please send the following details:

  • Your CV, career summary or LinkedIn profile

  • Tell us a little about your experience and why/how you’d like to mentor 

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