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Whether you're looking at becoming an art therapist or zoologist or maybe you're unsure about what exactly you'd like to do within the life sciences sector, our mentors can help you make an informed decision about your future, and support you with the steps along the way.

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All our mentors are either studying or working in a life sciences area. Using their skills, knowledge and experience, they will be able to message you advice on a range of areas including general study skills, or supporting your potential career path!

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From South Wales to the universe

We are delighted to announce that the Big Lottery has funded the Mullany Fund to expand its e-Mentoring project. The programme is open to any young person aged 14-19 living in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr. If you want support to explore the world of opportunity within life sciences, this project is for you!

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Meet some of the mentors

Janet* - Paediatric Audiologist

Experience
"I didn't do as well as I had hoped in my A-Levels (ACD) so I taught myself to study and retook, getting 4As. I was the first person in my family to go to university and had no idea how to choose where to go. I got a 1st Class degree at the University of Leicester in Biology. I had no idea what to do on graduating, so decided to live in an intentional community with adults with learning disabilities (LArche London). I left the community for a few years to study for an MSc Audiology in Manchester and then train in Cambridge to be a clinical scientist. I have now returned to live in LArche and work for the NHS in paediatric audiology."
More about me
" I am a Senior Fellow of the British Society of Audiology and an Honorary Lecturer in the faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. I grew up in a small family in South Middlesbrough, my parents wanted to be supportive but they aren't academic so it was hard for them to know how to help."
Why I choose to be an e-Mentor
"I'm 44 now and the world has changed a lot since I was a teenager, I don't know if I can help others with an interest in science, but I would like to give it a try."

Laura* - Veterinary Surgeon

Experience
"I am a qualified veterinary surgeon who is taking time out of practice to do a PhD in tumour immunology. I am specifically looking at which drugs might help the immune system to fight cancer in human patients. Hopefully one day these therapies might also help animals too!
More about me
''At weekends I continue to work in small animal practice, as well as riding my horse and singing in a choir. I decided to become a vet at a young age, because of my love of animals and my interest in science. I didn't know any vets or farmers (my family don't like animals!) and making connections to secure work experience was a big learning curve for me. To be honest I found it a bit scary approaching people and asking to volunteer! I also didn't know much about applying to vet school.
Why I choose to be a mentor
''I'd really like to help young people who feel they aren't well connected enough to get the job they would like. Hopefully I can offer the advice that I wish had been given to me, to make their journey a little bit smoother."

Louise* - Medical Student

Experience
''I'm currently a medical student in my 4th year at University of Oxford, and am really enjoying my course! I love learning about medicine and seeing patients in the days, but also enjoy getting involved in other university extra-curricular activities in the evenings.
More about me
It wasn't long ago that I went through the process of applying to university and I remember being really nervous about the whole thing! I've wanted to study medicine for a while but I was the only person from my school applying and was unsure about so many things like where to apply, what the different courses meant and what to expect with medical interviews - there are so many myths!
Why I choose to be a mentor
''I've been a mentor for the Mullany Fund for the past 3 years and really enjoy being able to help and advise young people considering applying to university. I hope that I can help in explaining how the process works, give tips for work experience/interviews/revision, and provide an insight into what medical school (and university in general!) is actually like so that the process is a bit easier and less scary for someone else!''

Harry* - PHD Student

About me
"I am a mature student who took a rather drastic step in life when I walked away from my job in finance, following the diagnosis of a life limiting illness, to study Pharmacology as an undergraduate at the University of Bristol. I didn't go to University after secondary education because I lacked the encouragement and guidance needed to discover my true passion: science!
Experience
Now I am completing my PhD at the University of Bristol as part of a Strategic Research Centre funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. My work focuses on understanding the most common cause of Cystic Fibrosis to help the development of new more effective treatments for the disease. Outside of academia I am an avid writer for a popular media website.
Why I choose to be a mentor
''I signed up to be a mentor so I could help those feeling uneasy about the future, regardless of their intended vocation. My greatest wish as a mentor is that I can use my own experiences to help guide and inspire someone to make the leap of faith to study at University."

Beth* - Mental Health Nursing Student

About me
"I am a third year student Mental Health Nurse currently studying in Wales. I have a passion for mental health, and nursing in general as I have experienced the amazing care that nurses provide in order to benefit the well-being of every person.
Why I choose to be a mentor
''I love being involved in the mentoring project as I believe that many young people have the caring and compassionate nature that nursing requires, but may not believe in their own ability. I hope to help young people realise how able they are and that they can achieve anything if they work hard, focus and stay committed to their dream''.

Matt* - Veterinary Science student

Experience
"I am a current veterinary student (2nd year) at the University of Bristol. I received offers for Liverpool University and the RVC as well."
More about me
"I aim to intercalate in a genetics related course sometime after my third year of university, with the view to combine research and clinical practice as a career in my future."
Why I choose to be a mentor
"I took a somewhat convoluted route to university, having not performed as well as my peers at my A-Levels, and have a good understanding of the alternative routes into vet school, as well as interview technique and tips for work experience."
*Names have been changed to maintain the anonymity of the project.

Names have been changed to maintain the anonymity of the project.

Extra benefits

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Improve your communication skills

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Increase your confidence

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Manage exams stress and anxiety

Work experience

We also provide a limited number of work experience placements during each session to give you a greater insight into your chosen career path and/or support any university applications. You can apply for them at the beginning of the session. Past work experience placements have included shadowing GP's, Pharmacists, Osteopaths and lecturers.

Case studies

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Felicity's experience
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Jarrod's experience
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e-Mentoring case studies

What happens next?

The next steps

Register online ( click 'get a mentor')
Get matched with a mentor one to two weeks before the start of the e-Mentoring session
Login to e-Mentoring website
Start chatting online to you mentor

Next session: 3rd May - 16th July.

Deadline to apply for the Summer 2021 e-Mentoring session: 25th April.