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Are you unsure of your next steps after school or college?

Are you between 16 and 19 years old and based in London? 

From 1 July to 22 September 2024, we’re running a free 12-week online mentoring programme.

With the help of your inspiring mentor, you can:

  • figure out what to do next
  • learn about the steps to get there
  • build your confidence
  • get your questions answered

This is your chance to empower yourself and take control of your future.

Ready to kickstart your journey? Let’s make it happen!

We’re supporting young people who are: 

  • From low-income households (for example receiving Free School Meals at secondary school)
  • First generation student (parents didn’t go to uni) 
  • Carers or care experienced 

If you feel like you don’t exactly fit the criteria, that’s okay! We review applications on a case-by-case basis so please still apply.  


  • Get 1:1 advice tailored to your interests and ambitions from someone who’s been there and done it

  • Totally flexible: chat with your mentor via text or video whenever and wherever it suits you— from your phone or computer

  • Boost your skills: develop essential study and employability skills that will help you in the future

  • Stand out: make your CV and applications shine by showing what you learned from this mentoring programme!

We’ve got you covered every step of the way:

  • Induction video: we’ll send you a quick and easy video guide to help you create your account and get started
  • Resources: you’ll get access to loads of info to explore the future pathways you’re interested in or even discover new ones!
  • Support team: our super-friendly team will be there to help you whenever you need it.

With Brightside, you’ll be up and running in no time, ready to take on your mentoring journey!

Curious to know what your mentor would be like? The good news is… you get to choose! Browse profiles to find a mentor who matches your career interests and goals. Your mentor could be:

  • A current university student: get insider tips from someone who’s living the uni life right now
  • A working professional: learn from someone who’s already out there making waves in the professional world
  • Someone from a similar background: connect with someone who gets where you’re coming from
  • Someone with similar hobbies and interests: find a mentor who shares your passions

A mentor is a friendly guide who shares their experience to help you on your journey, with the right mentor by your side, you’ll be unstoppable! 

Ready to find your perfect match? Dive in and start exploring! 

What happens next?

The more you put into online mentoring, the more you get out of it and we're here to support you every step of the way!


Data from 1,593 mentees who completed projects in 20/21

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