Shaping Your Future

“Coming from a background where neither of my parents worked in the city, and as a family with no friends who are lawyers, being able to talk to Glyn in an informal way and get honest answers and help has been invaluable”

Laura, now taking her Graduate Diploma in Law

Access to some top professions is still highly determined by your background and who you know. We are tackling inequality in the UK workplace by helping young people get a head start while at university and in their early careers.

Shaping Your Future is a mentoring initiative developed to help our early career alumni identify the range of pathways available to them, and to drive their career forward. Through mentoring you can obtain advice using our network of supporting organisations and fellow professional alumni.

Priority for Shaping Your Future is given to alumni who may not otherwise have access to similar opportunities and networks.

Our mentors, who are from dozens of different industries and professions can:

  • Give you a realistic insight into different career paths and how to pursue them
  • Work with you to develop key employability skills, such as networking, interview techniques or CV writing
  • Be a source of support and guidance as you take the first steps of your career
  • Give you information on the types of job opportunities and placements that you could look for.

I’d like to sign up for Shaping Your Future

Whether you are at university or a recent graduate, this is how Shaping Your Future works:

  1. We have a range of volunteer mentors from numerous industries and professions. You can meet some of our career mentors and gain a better overview.
  2. If you’d like to register, complete the online ‘Request a Career Mentor’ form.
  3. We will then find you a suitable match and contact you when we’ve been successful
  4. You and the mentor then establish your working relationship. Our career mentoring guidance helps explain how this will work.

Read our career mentoring guidance 

If you have any questions about Shaping Your Future, please call us on 01223 872601 or email Jack Jakins. We’ll be happy to help.

  We are very grateful for the generous support from the Emma Campbell Trust.



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