Careers, Employability and Skills

Alumni Career Mentoring

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Careers, Employability and Skills offers an opportunity for students to be mentored (one to one) by an alumnus, or other experienced graduate, who is employed in a managerial, leadership or other significant graduate job role.

 "My whole experience of this mentoring scheme has been fantastic."  "Valuable contacts were opened to me"  "Very successful, improved my prospects and helped in securing relevant employment".  "The mentor-mentee match was excellent". "Really good experience....Provided me with an independent port of call".  (Mentee comments from Schools of English, Maths and Physics, Pharmacy, Planning and Queen's University Management School mentees, 2013 and 2014)  

Application Form for Mentees (Complete in full)

 Registration Form for Career Mentors           

Career Mentoring and Degree Plus (Route B) 

  Information About Training for Mentors

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can Any Student Apply?

This scheme is open to any able and ambitious student from any discipline in Level 2 or above (including postgraduates).  There are 50 places available in the current academic year.  Students who apply should demonstrate that they:

  • have a strong interest in pursuing a specific career path or profession within local, national and/or global graduate job markets
  • are able and ambitious (e.g. academic performance on the Queen's degree would be useful evidence)

Who Are The Mentors?

The mentors are volunteers who are, typically (but not exclusively), alumni of Queen's who have between 5 and 35 years of experience in a particular career path or profession.  To view a list of the career paths of mentors who have volunteered to participate in the Scheme this year, click here.

What Happens During the Mentoring Stage?

Students are matched with a mentor will engage in a series of 4 positive and constructive conversations about their career and employability plans via telephone, email and/or Skype.

How Do I Apply?

Submit a fully completed Application/Registration Form to: . Students, Please note that the quality of your application will be important.

There are 3 Rounds of the Scheme each year. The closing dates for each Round for 2014-2015 are as follows:

Round 1:  5pm, 31.10.14

Round 2:  5pm, 19.12.14

Round 3:  5pm, 1.6.15 (There are expected < 10 pairings available in this Round, so earlier application is recommended)

As places are limited and depend upon finding a suitable match of interests, it may not be possible to pair all students and alumni who apply on this particular occassion.  Matched mentors and students will also need to participate in a training activity before commencing the scheme.  This will take the form of an introductory workshop for student mentees. Students can book via Queen's Prospects, CES Events (if you have not already registered to be able to view Careers Events and incoming graduate job vacancies, you simply need complete the sign up online form before starting a search).  There is also a brief online training activity for mentors.  For further details about the scheme and the application process please read the information provided below or e-mail us at

Application Form for Mentees Registration Form for Mentors
Further Information about Mentee Training         Further Information about Mentor Training