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How would you like:

  • A business related relationship that looks great on your CV?
  • Inside knowledge of your chosen or potential career idea?
  • A chance to network and broaden your career horizons?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you could benefit from taking part in the Careers Mentoring Programme.

The Career Mentoring Programme connects professionals working in a wide variety of industries with current Heriot-Watt students to support their long-term career planning.

The programme is primarily aimed at open to students in their penultimate year - however, all students are welcome to apply.

Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Urban Studies undergraduate students should note that they will be matched with a mentor through separate mentoring programmes incorporated in to their course of study.

Why not start your mentoring journey today by browsing the lists of currently available mentors in the the A - Z of careers sectors below?

The 2018/19 list of Career Mentors will be available soon.

Information for students

The aim of the programme is to give you the opportunity to spend time with a professional working in the career area of interest to you and to gain an insight into the work involved and the kind of skills and knowledge that are required.

The aim of the programme is to give you the opportunity to spend time with a professional working in the career area of interest to you and to gain an insight into the work involved and the kind of skills and knowledge that are required.

Mentors can give advice and help with issues such as job hunting, skills development ideas or applications and interviews advice. They may also be able to answer questions which relate to your course work and increase your understanding of how your academic theory and knowledge is applied in the work place.

Our Mentors are located all over the world, and whilst there are many who are local there are also a few in more distant locations. The commitment therefore may be in the form of email, phone or face-to-face meetings with your mentor.

These can be conducted anytime between November and May and can be as short or as long as you wish, although we expect at least 4 contacts to be made during that time. Face-to-face meetings can be conducted anywhere ranging from the University cafeteria to the Mentor's work place.

Information for mentors

Through mentoring a student you will have an important effect on their career and perhaps even their life! You will be able to share the knowledge and insights that you have gained from your own, and perhaps others' experiences with a young person who is aspiring to be successful in your field.

Previous Mentors became involved because of reasons such as wanting to encourage graduates into their field, being willing to help and guide students, wanting to help undergraduates at their university and in order to develop their own skills.

The time commitment varies but would usually involve an initial meeting with the Mentee of about two hours maximum followed by at least three further meetings. These can vary and could be one-to-one meetings of one hour or could involve the Mentee shadowing you for a day at your place of work.

To apply to become a mentor, or for more information please email the programme co-ordinator Karen Beattie at mentoring@hw.ac.uk

How to apply

Use the A - Z career sector headings below to view the lists of currently available mentors and read a little about their career history and current role.  You can select up to 3 mentors that you would like to be matched with.

The next step is to completing the online application form, indicating the ID number(s) of the Mentor(s), in order of preference, that you wish to be matched with. Although we will make every effort to match you with one of your preferred Mentors, we cannot always guarantee that this will be possible.

Please note: The Careers Service team will deliver information sessions about the Programme at many lectures at the start of Semester 1.

Architectural Engineering
No current mentors at this time
Armed Forces
No current mentors at this time
Chemical Engineering
No current mentors at this time
Civil Engineering
No current mentors at this time
Construction and Project Management
No current mentors at this time
No current mentors at this time
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
No current mentors at this time
Engineering (General)
No current mentors at this time
Environment and Conservation
No current mentors at this time
Fashion and Design
No current mentors at this time
No current mentors at this time
No current mentors at this time
HR and Recruitment
No current mentors at this time
Interpreting and Languages
No current mentors at this time
IT and Computing
No current mentors at this time
Legal Services
No current mentors at this time
No current mentors at this time
No current mentors at this time
Mechanical Engineering
No current mentors at this time
Pensions and Insurance
No current mentors at this time
Petroleum Engineering
No current mentors at this time
Property and Surveying
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838 Currently work for a global property consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield as a Commercial Surveyor, serving corporate and local clients. Provide advice to occupiers and investors on property strategies and provide valuation services for all asset types. In Scotland, the firm is involved in some of the largest investment and leasing instructions, as well as consultancy on major developments across the city centre and surrounding area.

Undertook summer internship at the firm between third and fourth year at University and subsequently got a job on the graduate scheme. Vave been working here for over 3 years. Have experience in commercial property valuation, investment and leasehold agency. Involved in activities organised by the RICS, therefore have access to various property networks.
857 Currently Planning Officer with Copeland Borough Council. First degree was undertaken through The Open University where I had to complete the modules with a fair amount of independence. Completed a Masters degree with Heriot Watt University and graduated having achieved an A for my dissertation. Secured employment prior to completing my degree and went straight into work following the end of my course.
Have worked in both the private and public sector working as a Planning Consultant and latterly as a Planning Officer. This has allowed me to understand planning from both sides of the fence and obtain several skills from negotiation to dealing with complaints! My current position requires ongoing training and education as I am working towards chartership.
859 Currently Cost Manager with Currie & Brown. Been involved in both new build and refurbishment projects from briefing stage through to construction. Working on a number of different projects from £100K to £150M. On a day to day basis prepare cost estimates and cost plans, prepare tender and contract documentation. Also prepare monthly valuations, value variations and deal with client/contractor queries regularly. Achieved MRCIS status within two years of leaving University and currently enrolled on company personal development programme.
753 Been working within the rail sector on various projects for the past three years including site investigation, bridge renewals, bridge replacement and bridge installations.
791 Real-estate professional with EMEA advisory, transaction (Real-Estate M&A) and capital markets experience and track-record. In 2015 covered projects across 12 (in total career 15) different countries advising clients on disposals, acquisitions, financing, investments and strategic decisions. At Ernst & Young CEE Real-Estate Group (since October 2015), serves as a Senior Manager CEE providing advisory on real-estate, construction, hospitality and healthcare assignments across Central & Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia). Prior to joining E&Y, served as a Senior Consultant within the Cushman & Wakefield EMEA Hospitality team covering Continental Europe. Before C&W, worked for JLL and Swiss based investment company.

MRICS (Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) since July 2015.
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832 Have worked with children in a number of different settings. During my undergraduate degree worked for a charity in Edinburgh as a volunteer. Worked with children with different developmental disorders in their own homes and gained experience supporting parents as well as their children. Worked with children with an autism spectrum disorder and also a child with down syndrome. Have also worked in a breakfast and afterschool club where some of the children had challenging behaviour; however the children were mainly typically developing. Briefly worked in various nurseries with children under the age of 3. Another area of experience is working at a holiday club with children with developmental disorders and physical disabilities. Most recently worked for one full school year in a primary school. Worked with various children who displayed challenging behaviour and emotional problems. However main role was to support a child with Type 1 diabetes. Supported him by checking his blood glucose levels and administering an insulin injection. The child also had delayed speech and language and I supported him with his reading and writing on a one to one basis and with a small group of other children.
Public Sector
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830 Currently Visitor Experience/Interpreter with National Museums Scotland.
Previous Experience:
Immigration Officer Edinburgh Airport (Civil Service)
In-house 2 year apprenticeship in George Studios Graphic Design Studios
Japan Airlines Cabin crew, Senior Crew, Duty Officer, Heathrow Scheduler, London Base Supervisor (400 crew). Recruitment & Selection Manager.
Eurostar – European Crew Manager

Skills: public speaking, trainer & mentor, VIP customer service, well-travelled & multi-lingual. Events organising, complex airline global scheduling.
Scientific Services
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835 Currently PhD researcher; able to advise on how to get into a PhD, what to do when you get there and why in the world you would want to.
Experienced working with physics and engineering subjects, but getting into a PhD is pretty similar in any science subject.

Some of the skills acquired during researches are: communicating with supervisors and colleagues, speaking up in meetings, saying no, coding, keeping one’s hatred for stupid machines from exploding outwards, speed-reading papers, note keeping, dealing with crippling self-doubt at 3am, office etiquette, doing things that are not technically my job, finishing a project before moving on, science. All are vitally important to cultivate.
846 Research Student at Heriot-Watt University.

Majority of my PhD work is carried out in areas as micro and nano fabrication( Mask Design, Lithography , Etching, Depositions, Lift Off, Polishing, Dicing ) of diffractive optical elements, designing fabricating and testing optical EMP sensors, Modelling using numerous appraches such as Finite Elements Method, Finite Domain Time Difference , Beam Envelope Methods , designing and constructing optical fiber imaging systems. As well as teaching expiriences and carrying out LEADS1 and LEADS2 ( HEA Accredited ) .
854 After graduating and having developed a keen interest in cancer biology and aptitude for wet lab work during my honours project. Began working in the Drug Discovery Unit at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute. Junior Scientific Officer role involved a lot of practical lab work, writing up of said lab work into reports and presenting at group and project meetings. This kind of role greatly increased my laboratory skills and confidence. It is for this reason that I commenced a research career and currently commencing PhD and can offer advice on both going straight into work after graduating (for those seeking a practical laboratory job), with an honours degree or the option of further study.
466 Graduated with Honours Degree in Physics and Electronics with over ten years experience working as a Research Scientist. Postgraduate training focussed on studying magnetism, and associated phenomena, using in-house laboratory apparatus as well as neutron and muon techniques at national and international research facilities. Current research interests are focussed on problems at the biology-physics and life sciences interface. Through scientific research collaborations have over 100 peer reviewed research publications and am active in the areas of dynamics and peptides, diffusive motions in drug delivery media and solvent confinement phenomena in clays and dental cements.
471 Experience of working as Antenna Design Scientist/Engineer. Worked as Scientist/Senior Scientist with QinetiQ designing phased array antenna concepts for radar applications then with Andrew (Commscope) designing mobile phone antennas. Recently had career change to Trainee Patent Attorney. Now retraining as a Patent Attorney with Marks and Clerk LLP.
478 Experience of working with academia through postgraduate student experience studying for a PhD and as a postdoc.

PhD trained microbiologist with a license to work with animals, two years postdoctoral work in vaccine development and immunology. Experience in obtaining funding for research placements. Mentor training and a keen interest in helping others to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve.
504 Experience in company start up and growth. Management through sales/acquisition/ divestiture.

General management of clinical diagnostics (clinical immunology, allergy, autoimmunity and infection) company with P & L responsibility. ISO and FDA compliant product development and manufacture for world markets. Multi-disciplinary/ international collaborative development project management.

Wide breadth of life science technical and market knowledge. Extensive contact network.
509 Academic postdoctoral biological/medical research in CNS, metabolic and inflammation. Number of papers published whilst postdoc.

Fifteen years management of drug discovery projects in pharmaceutical company, CROs and University laboratories. Experience of working for foreign pharmaceutical company, with responsibilities, from identifying new targets, to finding international industrial and academic collaborators, commissioning studies, and sales and marketing of existing drug portfolio. Development and maintenance of clinical research work. Prince 2 project management qualification.

Set up and launched life science start up, building business plans, customer needs and market assessments, creating collaborations and partnerships, sales and marketing, and running an SME
546 Chemical Manufacturing - Ink Jet Dyes (1998 - 2007) Pharmaceutical Analysis (2007 - 2010) Animal Health Products (2010), Pharmaceutical Analysis (2010 - present)

Provided first line technical support to the manufacturing department (including 24 hour on call cover). Developed and validated a new dye process from lab scale through pilot plant(kg) to main plant (tonnes). Regarded as a technical expert for certain dyes.

Provided technical and regulatory guidance and support for all products. Managed, coached and developed chemists to meet current regulatory and industry requirements. Managed health and safety for 30 chemists. Increased teams annual sales threefold to £350k.
625 Health and Safety Manager in complex and research environments. Has experience of public, private and charity sectors. Experienced in biological containment, human factors and human error, radiation safety, chemical safety, engineering safety, personal protective equipment, respiratory protective equipment, fieldwork, management systems (including ISO9001, ISO14001 and BS OHSAS 18001), training delivery, audit and inspection, management and stakeholder engagement, line management and staff development.
640 Currently working as a Geophysicist with Maersk Oil on their graduate training scheme and would be able to provide advice for students in technical subjects looking to join the oil and gas industry into a geoscience focused role, such as Geophysics or Petrophysics.
643 Completed Gap year at Thermo Fisher Scientific immediately after graduating. As a Test Engineer became more efficient at analysing complex situations and problem solving. Learned how to execute my work fast while keeping a high focus on details.

After completing masters degree in Energy Science joined Energy Pool as a Global Energy Anaylst within the business development department. Moved to a more operational role which involves a wide array of technical and commercial responsibilities. As a Project Commissioning Engineer I look after the development and depolyjment of our solution abroad. This opportunity has helped me to gain significant international exposure where I get to use my interpersonal and communication skills as I am in constant contact with customers and suppliers.
647 Currently Head Distiller with Sipsmith Independent Spirits which gives me the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and make whatever my imagination can concoct (within reason) on a regular basis. Everything from pumpkins and coconut to elderberries and beetroot have found their way into products I have made. Recently moved into the world of distillation and am looking forward to pushing boundaries of spirits and liquors.

Previously worked along with creating limited edition products and honed the permanent range in order to create a quiver of iconic and sessionable beers to make up the backbone of sales. As a result of recipe formulation and development this has become one of my major strong points. Process improvements and quality control are two other areas of experience with significant changes being made to production techniques, stock control, scheduling and communication paying dividends in my previous role.
711 Project Co-ordinator with Charles River Laboratories.

Have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for two years. Role requires me to be punctual, astute in meeting targets, and open to expanding my knowledge in a rapidly changing industry. As someone with knowledge of the intricacies of conducting research, gained from conducting my own as part of my degree studies, have been able to apply myself coordinating a variety of different drug research studies, and implementing the various background components required to conduct drug research in the first place.
713 Lab Project Set-Up Coordinator with Quintiles.

Since graduating from university have worked at a two CROs in the drug discovery process. Both have involved support roles which have allowed me to apply the skills and knowledge gained during my time at HWU in a new environment which would have an impact on the day to day running on clinical studies (previously pre-clinical studies).

Aside from the chemistry/scientific background and skillset have extensive knowledge of computing and technology which has allowed me to better understand the role of technology in the scientific world.
766 Practicing NHS Consultant Surgeon with an interest in quality improvement, medical education and mentoring. Experience in the field of healthcare in the UK, Ireland and the USA.

Have postgraduate qualifications in education and an MBA from Heriot Watt university. Aside from my clinical responsibilities, involved in the interactions between businesses and the public sector and also postgraduate clinical and basic science research.

Mentoring of students and more junior colleagues is the most rewarding aspect of my job.
Television & Media
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841 In 2015, entered the Television industry as a logger after impressing a company during a 3-week unpaid work experience placement. Over the next 2 years, gradually added logger and runner credits in Cardiff and travelled to London for others. In that time, I worked for companies such as Boomerang, Minnow Films, Raw and the BBC, specialising in Factual Entertainment and Documentary television formats.
In early 2017, decided to pursue the production pathway and accepted a job as a Production Assistant at a small start-up company in London working on a Specialist Factual television show for CNBC and producing native adverts for Total. Within a month, was promoted to Junior Production Coordinator. New role now involves setting up 5+ international shoots every month, booking and briefing international crews, writing call sheets and filming schedules, organising travel and carnet, managing Exec Producer’s diary, overseeing post-production and delivery schedule, hiring and interviewing freelance staff, researching VT proposals and development ideas.
Transport & Logistics
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688 Retail Operations Manager in TUGO SAS.
Lead the planning, control, evaluation and execution from the all retail operations including importation, distribution centres, stores and customer service in order to guarantee the services promises and the company profitability.
- Logistics Manager in ALTIPAL S.A.
Lead the planning, control, evaluation and execution process from the distribution operations in order to guarantee the services promises, the cost control and company profitability.
- Logistics Operations Manager in COLOMBINA S.A.
Lead the storage and inventory management as well as be responsible for all the distribution process to all regional clients.
Evaluation, analysis and improvement in a new warehouse facility.

- Courier Logistics Manager in EXPERIAN COMPUTEC S.A.
Manage, planning and control the distribution and customer services process about certificate mail, searching for the best results in order of cost, profitability, services agreements and satisfied the clients

Industrial engineer with Master in Business Administration and a postgraduate degree in Logistics Management, major in planning, warehouse and storage, and transport and distribution process.
Profound skills and capabilities such as working through business objectives, negotiation, working under pressure, high adaptability to changes and excellent humans relationships.
Experience in Operations and Logistics process for more than 12 years in retail, food, courier and transportation companies.