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Career Ready registration is now open

Would you like to be a mentor?

University of Edinburgh staff who would like to mentor a young person to aim high in their career can now register their interest in the 2023-2025 Career Ready programme.

The University has a long history of supporting the local community, including through youth employment. The Career Ready programme is aimed at high school students aged 15-18. It champions young people’s social mobility and improves their career aspirations by offering insight into the world of work and bridging the gap between school and the workplace.

What does it involve?

photograph of student with James Saville from the 2021 career ready cohort celebration event
The Career Ready 2021 - 2023 cohort at the celebration event, with James Saville HR Director

Mentors are carefully paired with students based on their interests and career aspirations, and support is provided by Career Ready in the form of training, toolkits and how to structure the work placement.

Meetings between mentors and students usually take place every four to six weeks over two academic years, with a paid four-week summer work placement, or internship, that is organised by the mentor.

At the end of the four-week work placement, mentors and mentees will be invited to attend a celebration event, hosted by the Talent & Development Team, to thank participants for their time and efforts.

How can I register my interest?

If you’d like to help inspire the next generation, please register your interest before 25 August by completing the registration form below.

Career Ready – registration form

Further information, including case studies, can be found at the below website or if you have any questions please contact

Career Ready | The University of Edinburgh



The University is brilliantly positioned to take part in the Career Ready programme as we can offer mentoring across such a broad variety of roles and careers. It’s fantastic to get involved in our local community and see first-hand the difference these programmes can make to young people’s lives.

James Saville, Director of HR and sponsor of Career Ready programme at University of Edinburgh

I wanted to develop and learn some skills, such as networking, presentation skills and research skills, which I could then use in the future. I would really recommend it to anyone.

Sanya Kuslii, Mentee, Drummond Community High School.

Related links

Career Ready | The University of Edinburgh