MINT (Mentoring, Internships, Networking and Talks) Supporting the Class of 2020

MINT is a programme of support designed by the GCU Foundation and Alumni Team in collaboration with the GCU Careers Service.  With the job market being one of the most challenging on records, the programme aims to give our 2020 graduates the best possible chance of securing employment at the earliest possible opportunity.

The scheme is being backed by our Founding Donor, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, as well as other notable honorary graduates and alumni of the University.  Actor Martin Compston; Ann Gow, Deputy Chief Executive of Health Improvement Scotland, Mark Hogarth of Harris Tweed Hebrides; and Douglas Dawson of Liberty Industries are just some of the leaders in their field to have already signed up to participate.

2020 Graduates can apply for any or all aspects of the Programme with further details on each element provided below.  Alternatively, you can contact a member of the team to find out more.

Mentoring

Under the mentoring arm of the scheme, you will be paired with an experienced alumni mentor who, over a six month period, will offer support such as tips on making your CV stand out, act as a sounding board, and offer advice on building confidence and industry connections.  More than 500 GCU alumni have so far volunteered to be a mentor.

Apply for the mentoring programme here.

Internships

Established by £200k of support from Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, Founding Donor to the GCU Foundation, we will be partnering with businesses to provide a number of match funded internships for our new graduates.  

An average of three months in term, the internships will enable graduates to gain valuable paid work experience whilst developing new skills that will enhance their CV and chances of securing full time employment.  The opportunities will be matched funded by the organisation and the Graduate Internship Fund.

We are in the process of liaising with businesses to secure internship opportunities with the majority expected to start in the autumn.  Register with CareerHub and set up email alerts to be notified of internship vacancies and other work opportunities in your chosen field.

Networking

GCU’s online networking platform, GCU Connect, allows you to connect to fellow graduates around the world.  You can use this platform to stay connected to your fellow classmates as well as having access to thousands of graduates who are willing to offer advice and support.  You will also have access to a range of features including a jobs board and business directory where you can benefit from graduate discounts and services.

Talks

Our Captains of Industry Talks are a series of online talks specifically for the Class of 2020 and students entering their final year.  You will hear first-hand from industry experts as they share their experience, talk about the impact of COVID 19 now and in the future as well as sharing hints and tips on taking your first steps into your careers.  View our upcoming talks here.