Frequently Asked Questions

What We Do

Am I eligible?

To be eligible you must be aged 14 -19 studying full time in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea area.

How do I get involved?

Simply sign up to our next e-Mentoring session. It’s as easy as that.

Is it free?

As we are funded by the big lottery you have to pay nothing!

How will I benefit from e-Mentoring?

You will benefit from your mentors’ knowledge, skill and experience in the area that you are interested in going in. They can offer you one to one advice and support on any queries you have related to studying and your future career path.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who is either studying or working in life sciences and volunteers their spare time to help you.

How do I contact my mentor?

As it’s all done online you can use the e-Mentoring platform on your smartphone, PC, laptop, or tablet – whenever, wherever you like.

What can I ask my mentor?

You can ask your mentor anything surrounding your studies and future path, whether that’s coping with exams, university life or subject options. We also provide you with a weekly theme for discussion to help you with your conversations.

How often should I contact my mentor?

We ask that you send your mentor a message at least once a week to ensure you get the most out of your e-Mentoring experience.

Will I be able to contact my mentor after the session ends?

You won’t be able to contact your mentor after the session ends, but hopefully you will have received all the helpful advice and support you need. If you still wish to gain more advice & support you are more than welcome to sign up to one of our future sessions.

When are the sessions?

The sessions are usually between 8-10 weeks long with a break for half term. We run 3 sessions during autumn, spring and summer term.

Is it only for students who wish to go into medicine?

No, e-Mentoring can help anyone who is thinking of going into a life science profession, or maybe you are unsure about what you want to do, e-mentoring can help you find out which life sciences profession may suit you.

What are life sciences?

Life sciences are concerned with the study of living organisms and covers a broad range of professions such as medicine, healthcare, dentistry, psychology, zoology and many more.

How can I get work experience?

We have a limited number of work experience placements for mentees to give them a better insight into the profession and support any university applications. These are usually for those 16 + and you can apply at the beginning of the session.