Give advice

Using the Manchester Network to provide advice and guidance to Manchester students and alumni is an effective and targeted way to nurture future talent, access fresh perspectives and enhance your own skills.

Many alumni also see mentoring as a valuable opportunity to increase diversity in their industry by making pathways and raising aspirations for new entrants and early-career candidates from a range of backgrounds.

Give advice

Any Manchester graduate can join the Manchester Network and use Ask Me About to give advice.

You can choose the people you advise:

  • students;
  • new graduates;
  • alumni who are more advanced in their careers.

You can be flexible amount of time and commitment you are able to give – from providing in-depth advice and guidance to multiple people to reviewing CVs – and you can choose how many people you work with at one time.

On the Manchester Network are:

  • 3,000 students and alumni;
  • 186 nationalities;
  • 75 industries and/or companies.

How to

Log in to the Manchester Network, go to Directory > Profile > MentorĀ and click theĀ Activate Mentoring Now button.

Get started

How it can help

Richard and Estelle

Richard is a senior partner of an accountancy firm in Manchester. He travels frequently and has limited time but wants to encourage more LGBT people into senior roles within his industry and says so on his profile.

He is found by Estelle, a finance graduate who is working in a junior accountancy role and is looking for someone to review her CV and provide advice about how she can progress in her career. Richard is able to help her to highlight her experience and identify areas and resources for professional development.

Sarah and Amir

Sarah is a marketing coordinator in a petrochemicals firm. She wants to mentor a student so that she can enhance her CV and demonstrate skills that will enable her to take on a line management role and gain a promotion.

Amir, a second-year marketing student who is interested in learning more about the industry, searches for a mentor and finds Sarah. They exchange messages and meet up for coffee over a number of months.

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