Mentors can decide the level of their involvement – it does not have to be long-term or
onerous. It can be as simple as dropping into a school/college to kick start and inspire
students at the start of a project related to their career, all the way up to taking on a
work experience placement student – the choice is yours!
As a mentor you may help introduce young people to an area of STEM they might not
normally have access to, help them understand good project processes, and hopefully
open a window into what working in STEM can be like.
No two projects are ever the same, and so the mentor role within each project may also
be different. You could:
Inspire the students with a talk or help set a challenge at the start
Provide expert information or be a point of access for specialist knowledge or
techniques by dropping into an already on-going project
Help students develop their ideas or guide them as they examine their results
Provide or help arrange relevant work experience or an industrial visit to your
place of work.