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ICAEW Student Mentoring Programme

This mentoring programme will offer you the opportunity to connect with an ICAEW member, where you will receive advice and guidance on key areas in your professional ACA journey.

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Five benefits of having a mentor

There is a lot to gain from having a mentor:

Boost your confidence


Get honest and personalised advice


An opportunity to build your connections


Improve your work, life and study balance


Discuss diversity in the workplace

About the programme

How will this mentoring programme support you?

This virtual mentoring programme will offer you a unique relationship with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Having a mentor means you can get personalised, honest advice on areas which will support your growth and ACA studies.

Having a dedicated person to go to with questions about your work, life and studies will help you navigate the workplace. Everything that is discussed will be confidential and invaluable to you.


How does it work?

  1. Eligibility: Places are limited due to the number of mentors, so please ensure you fill out your application with as much information as possible and answer all questions.
  2. Selection: All applications need to be completed by Sunday 22 January 2023. We will then review the applications after the closing date and be in contact within 2 weeks to confirm if you have a place or not.
  3. The Matching Process: Once selected you will build your profile on a mentoring platform and select the key areas you need advice and guidance on. The platform will then match you with a mentor against these chosen areas. Once matched, you will reach out to your mentor through the platform to set up an introduction session.

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. Putting this into action is a part of the process, so don’t worry if it takes time to get right.

    You should be considerate of you mentor’s time and expertise and ensure you attend all of the meetings as arranged and agreed.

  • 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.

Register your interest

If you're interested in applying to have a mentor, please fill out application form before Sunday 22 January 2023. Someone from ICAEW will then be in touch shortly if you have been successful.

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