Business Mentoring Programme


The university’s Business Mentoring Programme has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to access insights, advice and support, from a professional working in one of the following business areas:  

  • Accounting and financial services
  • Business (projects, operations, general)
  • Economics
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Events
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and communications
  • Social enterprise and community development

It runs over 3 months (February, March, April) with mentoring taking place via e-mail, phone, Skype or in person - whichever suits you and your mentor. This is an easily accessible yet hugely beneficial learning, development and networking opportunity.

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Who can apply?

The programme is open to students in their 3rd or 4th year of study, who are enrolled on one of the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Management

Who will mentor me?

Each year we have multiple mentors for each of the specialist areas outlined above. Look out for more information on this in the Autumn, when we'll look to promote applications!

When you apply, you will be asked to select your top 3 areas of interest from those listed above, and tell us a bit about your educational and career aspirations. 

All of our confirmed mentors are passionate about providing you with the opportunity to discuss career aspirations, employability prospects and opportunities, and developments or trends in your selected area of interest. You may even want to identify any work experience or job opportunities they may be able to help you with, or discuss their career path and experiences, and how they got to where they are today. Discussions can also delve into the pace of change in business today, digital advancements, changes in the workforce and customers, and business development.

How does it work?

The programme runs over 3 months with communication taking place via e-mail, phone, Skype, or in person - whichever suits you and your mentor.

Discussions with your mentor are to be held at least once a month for the duration of the 3-month programme. It is expected that communication will be more frequent than this however, and we encourage ongoing discussion to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

During the programme, you’ll be able to liaise with your mentor on a number of topics and discuss a range of opportunities. Participating in this exciting programme will boost your CV and confidence, and result in a broad range of positive benefits for you now and into the future!

At the end of the programme, you'll be invited to a concluding session at one of our campuses, along with all other mentees and mentors. Here you'll get to network, listen to presentations from employers and the Careers and Employability Team, and take part in mock assessment exercises.

Application process

Applications for the 2020 Business Mentoring Programme are currently closed. However, applications for 2021 will be open in October/November - so keep an eye on this page, and our social media pages, for more infomation!

What happens after applications are submitted?

Applications will be reviewed and you will be matched to a mentor depending on your interests, experience and top 3 areas of interest.

After you have been successfully accepted onto the programme, you will be given access to the dedicated area on Brightspace, where you'll find a range of resources to help you get the most out of the process.

Prior to being introduced to your mentor, you will be provided with a short information session via VC. Following the information session, you'll set out your objectives and action plan. This helps you to identify what you want to get out of the process. You will then be asked to make contact with your mentor.

Throughout your experience, you will be supported by the University's Careers and Employability Team.

Downloads and Information

Mentee Guidance Pack 2020

Objectives & Action Plan Template (you will complete this before the first meeting with your mentor)

View Mentee/Student Privacy Statement

If you have any questions about the Programme, then please contact Alana MacLeod, Curriculum Development and Employer Engagement at the University of the Highlands & Islands: