The Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme - Employer Information

The Careers Mentoring Programme matches Scholars interested in a particular sector/area of work with an industry professional. Over 4 sessions, the mentor and mentee will meet with one another and we hope 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

"It was a pleasure to help my mentee and feel that I am able to give back to others in society in a way that my mentee said was valuable"
Mentor on the 2019-20 programme

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The Crankstart Scholarship is a programme of enhanced support for around 760 widening participation undergraduate students from low income households. The Crankstart Internship Programme was established alongside this, offering internships both in the UK and internationally, exclusively to our 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
  • One to one dedicated support from an internships 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
  • Whilst undertaking an internship and gaining work experience is encouraged but not compulsory, Crankstart Scholars must complete a number of volunteering activities during their time at Oxford, for example by supporting potential students from underrepresented groups to apply to Oxford

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 have at least 4 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 an extensive guide which further covers what is expected from this programme, as well as advice on mentoring techniques.

Although it may seem that 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

Dates for the 2020-21 Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme as as below:

  • September – November 2020: Crankstart Scholars are able to apply to be a mentee
  • October 2020: Information evening for interested Scholars
  • November 2020: Mentee training session
  • By mid January 2021: All mentees are selected and matched with suitable mentor
  • January onward: 4x mentoring sessions


If you have any questions about the Careers Mentoring Programme, or the Internship Programme, please contact the Crankstart Internships and Careers Mentoring Officer:


Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme: Mentor sign-up form

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