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ICAEW Student Mentoring Programme

This will offer you a unique relationship with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. You will receive personalised, honest, and confidential advice to support your growth and ACA studies.

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Five benefits of having a mentor

There is a lot to gain from having a mentor:

Boost your confidence


Career direction


Improving your work, life and study balance


Increasing your motivation


Get confidential and invaluable advice.

Everyone has their own ambitions and challenges, so having a mentor who can work with you to provide personalised feedback is highly valuable.

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About the programme

How will this programme support me?

This virtual mentoring will offer you a unique relationship with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. You will have a dedicated person to go discuss questions about your work, life and studies. Discussed will be confidential and invaluable to you.

You’ll be responsible to drive the mentoring relationship. While your mentor will support you in doing this, part of mentoring is taking ownership and responsibility for your own learning. You will need to considerate your mentor’s time and ensure you attend all sessions.

How does it work?

You will need to dedicate 2-3 hours each month to having sessions with your mentor. A typical mentoring relationship will last between 6-9 months.

Places are limited, so you fill out the application with as much information as possible. We will be in contact to confirm if you have a place or not.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Saturday 30 September 2023

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To apply, please fill out the application before Saturday 30 September 2023. We will then be in touch if you have been successful or not.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is mentoring?

    There’s no denying that mentoring is an incredibly valuable experience, essential for growth and development. Your mentoring relationship involves creating a safe and supportive environment between the mentor and mentee. You can engage in building trust, setting goals and achieving them through creative problem solving. 

  • Do I need to tell my line manager or employer I’m applying for this programme?
    No. It is up to you if you wish to share anything with your manager or employer.
  • What can I expect?

    Meet new people, be challenged, and grow. Both you and your mentor will learn from each other and work together to achieve your goals.

    Aside from setting a formal schedule, goals and an agenda, what happens in the sessions is up to you and your mentor. You will discuss challenges and ideas, ask questions and listen, and be expected to be present and committed to the relationship.

    Everything that is discussed between you and your mentor is confidential, nothing can be used outside your conversations unless it has been agreed by both you and your mentor.

  • Does my mentor have any contact with my line manager or employer?
    No. Everything which is discussed between you and mentor is confidential and will not be shared with your manager or employer.
  • What are my responsibilities as a mentee?
    As a mentee, it’s your responsibility to drive the sessions. This means setting an agenda, choosing your goals and coming to sessions prepared to discuss your challenges and actions.

    While your mentor will support you in doing this, a part of mentoring is taking ownership and responsibility for your own learning. You should be considerate of you mentor’s time and expertise and ensure you attend all meetings as arranged and agreed.

    If any sessions are missed or communication with your mentor stops, ICAEW have right to conclude your relationship.
  • What happens if I don’t get selected for the mentoring programme?

    We have a range of great articles including top tips and advice on exams and studying on our Student Insight page. Read some inspirational interviews from ICAEW students and members on what advice they have. 

    We encourage you to explore other mentorship options. Your firm may operate a formal mentorship scheme – ask your manager or HR team about mentorship opportunities available. Alternatively, you may want to ask someone in your employer directly if they would be willing to be your mentor.