The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people. The SMF was founded in 2005 in order to provide opportunities and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families.

As part of the SMF Aspiring Professionals Programme offering tailored support across 11 career sectors we are looking for healthcare scientists to support the young people the charity works with. Mentoring students makes a huge contribution to a young person’s development, whilst adding to your own professional development too.

Become an SMF Mentor

Becoming an SMF mentor is a great way to see someone develop and help them to reach their potential by giving them useful insights into how to get a job in healthcare science.

As an SMF Mentor, you can personally help a young person on the Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP) on a one-to-one basis via email.

Over 9 months, you’ll support a young person by increasing their understanding of their desired career and professional life. You will also help them explore their professional interests further, support them in their university application, general skills development, as well as supporting them with other new experiences they are facing, such as their first internship or first job.

Being a mentor is just a 15–30 minute fortnightly commitment and all emails that you send and receive go through the SMF designated and secure website to ensure that your personal details are not passed onto your mentee. You may also have the opportunity to meet your mentee at organised SMF events if you both live in the same city and as a mentor you will receive support through orientation information, monthly e-bulletins and ongoing support from SMF.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, click below to complete the form.