Career Mentoring Programme

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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.


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.

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

How to apply

View the list of Career Mentors currently available and apply to be matched. 

Key information