Wellbeing & Support

Last semester, I had been one of the Peer Mentors for students of BSc Marketing and Management undergraduate programme. During my time as a Peer Mentor, I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the job and gained some invaluable skills. Therefore, I want to share my experience and give an insight as to what the role entails and why I think everyone should sign up for it.

A peer mentor is an individual who in the simplest terms, looks after his or her fellow students. The role includes supervising a group of students, usually those in their first years, from your own course or a similar course and equipping them with the help they need in any academic, extracurricular, or personal matters. You are the point of contact when your mentees want to ask for practical and tested solutions. Having been in their shoes, you help them with queries regarding accessing blackboard, extenuating circumstances, accommodation, society participation, library resources etc. Other than helping them with their day-to-day queries, you are also required to have 4 meetings with them, where you will discuss their progress of settling into University life.

While you will be helping your fellow students and making their lives a little easier, there are various benefits for you too. You will get the opportunity to enhance your own soft skills and increase your employability. Being a peer mentor means you need to have interpersonal communication with your group of mentees. While interacting with them, not only will you improve your conversing skills but also your listening skills. The interactions will equip you with efficient practice to conduct a conversation anywhere you go. This is very helpful if you looking to network at different events or simply preparing for an interview.

Additionally, you will have several responsibilities. This will give you invaluable insight into the role of a leader. You will be managing a group of students and ensure that the mentees are given all the support they need. They must be comfortable to share their concerns and queries with you. To do so, you must be efficient in answering and responding to them promptly, giving affective solutions or directing them to those who can help. Being responsible is one of the crucial skills that employers are looking for so it will be a big tick on your CV.

You will also gain planning and organisation skills as you shall set agendas for Peer Mentor meetings and plan how you would like to approach your group. It will be up to you to plan campus tours or take your mentees around Newcastle. These skills will be indispensable for your CV and can give you a competitive edge over the other candidates.

Lastly, you will make a new group of friends and can even learn about new cultures and communities by interacting with them. Overall, the Peer Mentor program is an enriching experience which you will thoroughly enjoy and boost employability skills from this practical experience at the same time. All in all, I strongly encourage everyone to sign up for the role of a Peer Mentor and make memories you will never forget.

For information on becoming a peer mentor, visit our website.

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