Bridge Mentoring Programme

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Programme

The BBSTEM Bridge Mentoring Scheme is a voluntary programme designed to offer BBSTEM student members the opportunity of being mentored by a BBSTEM professional member. We currently have over 300 industry or academic professionals ranging from a number disciplines, areas of expertise and years of experience who have expressed an interest in being a mentor!

Mentoring allows BBSTEM professional members to offer information, support and guidance to current or recently graduated students via email, telephone and video calls. Mentees are given the opportunity to discuss any issues and consider their career options.

This is an opportunity for Black British university students to benefit from a professional’s experience, to find out more about life after university, and to help feel better prepared about starting their graduate career. By communicating with a professional, students can benefit from hearing about their experience of their mentor’s transition out of university and into the world of work, further study, volunteering, etc.

Timeline

The mentoring scheme is completely virtual as our students and professionals are based all across the country and each cohort runs for 6 months. At the end of the 6 months mentors and mentees have the freedom to continue their relationship beyond the Bridge programme if they would like to. The current  cohort started the programme in September 2020 and will finish at the end of March 2021. The next cohort will be paired in March 2021, with the programme starting in April 2021. If you would like to take part in the scheme, please ensure you sign up as a student member or professional member.

Eligibility

Mentees:

Any Black British STEM students, from second year undergraduates through to recent graduates, and postgraduate students. You must be signed up as a BBSTEM student member.

Mentors:

Any individual who has signed up to be a BBSTEM professional member. The individual must also demonstrate commitment to their mentee’s development, and be genuinely enthusiastic about supporting BBSTEM students to the next stage of their careers.

Expectations

  • Mentors and mentees are expected to attend a compulsory training webinar ahead of beginning the programme.
  • Mentees are required to keep a meeting record of discussions throughout the programme.
  • Meet at least once a month.
  • Throughout the programme you will be given resources to aid your discussions and a dedicated Programme Coordinator to ensure the relationship between mentors and mentees go smoothly.

For those that have expressed an interest in becoming a mentor or being a mentee, you will be contacted ahead of the next cohort with further details and if you would like to take part. If you have any questions, please contact us.