At Aston, Graduate E-mentoring is offered throughout each academic year; this year it will run from September 2011 to August 2012, and you may apply for a mentor at any time during this period. We would recommend that you allow around 30 minutes a week for mentoring, although the amount of time you will want to devote will vary from person to person, and in specific situations. We would, however, recommend maintaining regular contact in order to build up a meaningful, productive relationship with your mentor.
Mentor and mentee are matched as far as is possible by graduate career area and/or any other areas of interest. This may mean that mentor and mentee will have studied the same subjects, but this is not primarily how partners will be matched. You will also have the opportunity to request consideration of any other matching criteria that is important to you, for example the gender of your mentor. It must be remembered that all our mentors are volunteers and we may not be able to match you exactly by your specific requests. It is the mentoring itself that will bring most benefits to final year students.
This is an opportunity to find out more about life after Aston, and help you feel better prepared about starting your graduate career. It is a chance to ask those ‘silly questions’ that you may feel you can only ask a former student! By communicating with a graduate, you can benefit from their experience of their transition out of University and into the world of work, further study, or gap year.
This list is not exhaustive; your mentor will be able to offer information, advice and guidance on many aspects of life after Aston.
Email dos and don'ts
The Hub Student Support www.aston/studentsupport E: email@example.com
Disability and Additional Needs Unit www.aston.ac.uk/disability E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Development Centre www.aston.ac.uk/ldc/ E: email@example.com
Counselling Service www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/counselling
Careers and Employability Centre www.aston.ac.uk/careers
Aston University Library www.aston.ac.uk/library
Learner Enhancement Team firstname.lastname@example.org