Career Mentoring Programme

The UCD Career Mentoring Programme is open to eligible undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Social Sciences and Law and the School of Chemistry.

Run collaboratively by UCD Careers Network and UCD Alumni Relations, the UCD Career Mentoring Programme provides students with the opportunity to meet and network with professional mentors who are able to offer support in developing their career ideas, clarifying their goals and improving their employability. 

Over a six month period, student mentees meet with alumni mentors at least three times. Both mentor and mentee are supported by UCD Careers Network and UCD Alumni Relations throughout the programme.

The programme is open to 2nd year undergraduate students in the UCD College of Social Sciences & Law, the UCD College of Arts and Humanities and 3rd year students in the UCD School of Chemistry. The aim is to support students at a critical time in their career, as they begin making decisions in relation to employment or further study.

A mentor can provide practical information on specific roles and sectors, including what is required to work in that area and what their day to day job involves. Often, they can also help with applications and interviews. If you feel you could benefit from this support and would like to work with a mentor to develop your employability, this is the programme for you!

Mentors are experienced UCD alumni from a range of different backgrounds, including:

  • Diplomacy/Foreign Affairs
  • Charities/NGOs
  • Education – 2nd and 3rd level
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Law
  • Arts & Culture
  • Psychology
  • Self-employment/Entrepreneurship
  • Media, Public Relations
  • Professional Services
  • Law
  • Pharmaceutical Industry

Career Mentoring Timeline


Online applications for the programme are now open and the closing date for applications from students is Friday 18th October. You can find the application form at the bottom of this webpage.

You are required to attend at least one training session. Training will take place in the following locations:

Option 1: Mon 4 Nov (1pm, E0.08 {George Moore}, O'Brien Centre for Science)

Option 2: Wed 6 Nov (1pm, Theatre Q, Newman Building)

Here’s what other mentees have said about the programme:

  • 77% of students felt more confident approaching their career planning as a result of participating in this programme
  • 72% of students know more about roles/career paths/sectors that might interest them as a result of this programme
  • 87% of students would recommend this programme to other students

Have a query?

  • If you are a current student and have any questions related to this programme please contact:
  • If you are a UCD alumnus who is interested in becoming a mentor please contact:


Applications are now closed for 2019/20.