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Employer Mentoring Programme

Are you in 3rd or 4th year?
Develop key skills for your future & boost your confidence with the UWS Employer Mentoring Programme!

What Is Employer Mentoring?
Employer Mentoring is where a professional person gives their time to share their experience of work with a student mentee.
The programme is designed to motivate and inspire students.
What Will I Get Out Of It?
You will have the opportunity to explore a range of things. Previous participants felt it helped them to feel more confident about…
• The skills/experience they already had
• Potential directions/options open to them
• How to address their weaknesses
• Their interview skills
What Students Have Said…..
“Do it! It’s really helpful!”
“It was very useful for me as I didn’t have any experience in my chosen career path. My mentor gave me an insight into the HR world and how to prepare my CV.”

“My mentor has helped me gain more confidence and has helped me a lot. I would definitely recommend for students to give it a go.”

How Does It Work?
You will be matched with a supportive employer mentor who will meet with you on a one-to-one basis, usually in their workplace. Mentoring can help you to:
• Get a better understanding of what employers are looking for
• Enhance your communication skills
• Develop your networking skills
• Enhance your job application skills
• Find out more about the work environment
• Gain contacts in the world of work
Am I Eligible?
ARE YOU: in your 3rd or 4th year at UWS?
HAVE YOU: lived in Scotland for at least 3 years prior to starting Higher Education
DO YOU: meet any 1 of the following criteria:
• Your parent(s) did not go to university
• You joined university after studying at college
• You are a mature student (over 25)

Want To Find Out More?
Come along to an Information Session:
Campus Date Time Room

Hamilton Mon 13th Oct 12.30pm – 1pm A319
Paisley Tues 14th Oct 1pm – 1.30pm J105
Dumfries Wed 15th Oct 12pm – 12.30pm R149
Ayr Thurs 16th Oct 12.30pm – 1pm GT 26

Contact Lynsey McMahon
Direct Dial: 0141 848 3451|

Make the most of your time at university

It’s extremely important to make the most of your time at university, not just because you will want to leave with a good degree, but because when you graduate and are looking for a job, employers will be looking for well-rounded candidates with a set of transferable skills, such as:

  • communication
  • team work
  • absorbing and analysing information
  • organisation, planning and time management
  • working under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • problem solving

So, while it’s important to do as well as you can academically, being at university isn’t just about getting a degree. Employers are also interested in the variety of skills you can pick up in other areas, such as:

  • taking part in student activities
  • getting involved in clubs or societies, the student association, or becoming a class rep
  • work experience
  • volunteering

Make sure you get involved in as much as you can and remember that in these competitive times it is vital to get some work experience during your time at university, related or unrelated to your course, through paid work or volunteering.

Register with our Vacancies and Events site here:

Find out about getting involved with the Student Association here:

For more information and ideas, check out the National Union of Students Guide: Working Towards Your Future

Coffee & Careers

The new refurbished space of the Careers and Employability office is now OPEN!

Welcome to all new and returning students, come along and visit. Free coffee and juice available.
Come in, visit, relax, have a seat, look around, pick up some leaflets.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, staff are about and are happy to help.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Volunteer Opportunity – Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine

Mentoring Support for Ex-Service Men and Women and their Families
TimeBanks’ new Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine project is working in partnership with the charity Erskine, to offer one to one volunteer support for ex-Service men and women (veterans) living in Glasgow and Edinburgh who are recovering from mental health issues – and to help their families adjust to civilian life.

Volunteer mentoring can be a powerful tool to reduce the risk of social exclusion in veterans and family members, to signpost them to services and build supportive social networks; therefore strengthening the family unit as a whole.

As a volunteer mentor you will have the opportunity to meet other mentors and engage in a rewarding volunteering programme. You will help in the recovery of veterans and help their family members to lead independent lives, to identify goals and build confidence.

We ask that mentors provide support once or twice per month, over a period of three to nine months. You don’t need any special experience – just time, patience and an understanding of the issues that are most important. TimeBank provides full training and you will be required to join the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme – you need to be 21 years and over to be a mentor.
If you’d like to volunteer as a mentor, you can complete our online application at:
Or call Ali, the project co-ordinator on 0141 814 4510, mob: 07437 437 867 or email

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