Peer Mentoring for Placements

Mentoring is available for second years seek a placement, and for those looking for support whilst they are out on their placement

The majority of Aston students complete a placement in their third year, greatly enhancing their graduate employability. We've developed a Placement Mentoring scheme to provide you with an extra level of support befire and during this invaluable experience. you will be matched to a mentor who has undertaken a placement in the field that you are interested in. Your mentor will be a third year currently out on placement who will mentor you via e-mail, or possibly a final year who has previsouly completed a placement if we have any available. 

Students who are out on placement can also choose to have a Final Year Mentor from their degree subject, to give them an insight into the final year of study. help them prepare for the transition from work back to student life, and enable them to keep in touch with the news from campus. 

We match second years all year round so don't worry if it takes you a little longer to find a placement, this is very common and we'll still be able to match you up with a mentor right up to the end of your second year of study.

Final Year Students are also able to take part in our Graduate Mentoring programme - and benefit from being matched to a recent Aston Graduate.

To get involved please e-mail us at mentoring@aston.ac.uk

Hear from our students

Students who are out on placement can still be involved in Peer Mentoring!

E-mentor a second year student and share tips and advice on the placement search and experience and/or have a Final Year e-mentor yourself for an insight into the final year of study and to keep informed of the news from campus.

Placement Mentors can offer support on:

  • Considering the benefits of the placement year
  • Deciding how to choose the right placement
  • Practical tips on job applications and interview techniques
  • Developing a range of transferable skills, e.g. time management
  • Examining career options
  • Providing an insight into your final year
  • Learning from their experiences

Jacks and Charley who were matched together as Placement Mentee and Mentor talk about Peer Mentoring.

Ana talks about her experience as a Placement Mentor.

Mentees

  • "It helped me save time with the application process"
  • "It was greatly beneficial and I do not know how I would have coped with finding a placement while studying without my mentor - she helped me manage my time and priorities"
  • "The extra help was a fantastic bonus! An excellent scheme, I would advise any 1st and 2nd year to join the programme. I have learnt how to take advice and then build on it. For example, my mentor would suggest ways of improving my covering letter and I would have to expand on that."

Mentors

  • "As a mentor, I am not just helping someone to gain confidence in their abilities, but also 'solidifying' my own knowledge."
  • "I've truly enjoyed the scheme and I hope my mentee has gained as much from this experience as I have."
  • "It helped me to be less selfish and think about someone else."