UCD Career Mentoring Programme


UCD Career Mentoring Programme

The UCD Career Mentoring Programme was first introduced in 2014 and we are now in the fourth cycle. The Programme has now been rolled out across several schools within 2 colleges;

  •  All schools in the Colleges of Arts and Humanities
  •  Selected schools in the College of Social Sciences and Law (the School of Archaeology, the School of Politics and International Relations, the School of Information and Communication Studies, the School of Law).

Only students from these schools who are in their 2nd year of study are eligible for the programme.


Programme aims and objectives

The aim of the UCD Career Mentoring Programme is to match students with professionals who are able to offer support them in:

  • Developing their career ideas/clarifying their goals
  • Improving their employability

For the programme we are adopting Clutterbuck’s (2004) definition of mentoring, that is:

“Mentoring is an offline partnership between two people built on trust. The mentor offers ongoing support and development opportunities to the mentee. Addressing issues and blockages identified by the mentee, the mentor offers guidance, counselling and support in the form of pragmatic and objective assistance. The mentoring relationship is confidential”.

Fundamentally, mentoring is a developmental relationship between a mentor (more experienced) and a proactive mentee (seeking support).

Those students who are matched with a mentor will be required to meet their mentor a minimum of 3 times throughout the course of the programme.

The Matching Process

Mentors and mentees are matched based on the information provided in their application forms, so please ensure you include as much information as possible. We aim to match mentors and mentees specifically on:

  • Students and alumni of the same School (where possible, but there has been some cross School matching)
  • Students expressed areas of interest vs mentors stated areas of expertise
  • Ability of the mentor to support the student in the achievement of their stated career aims/aspirations

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are experienced UCD alumni from a range of different backgrounds with the experience of what it is really like in the field. Some of the roles and areas are mentors are in are in include;

  • Diplomat/Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Charities/NGO
  • Education – 2nd and 3rd level
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Civil Service/Government
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Arts & Culture
  • Psychology
  • Self-employed/Entrepreneurship
  • Media
  • Public Relations
  • Professional Services

What next?

If you are eligible for the programme and wish to take part, please complete the application form here:


March 23rd 2018 is the deadline for applications.

Students who have been matched successfully will be asked to attend a mandatory training session and launch event on March 29th.

Should you have any questions please contact rebecca.boyle@ucd.ie