Careers, Employability and Skills

Alumni Career Mentoring

Career Mentoring photoThis is a super opportunity for students to get introduced to an experienced graduate who has succeeded in building the sort of career that‌‌ genuinely interests you.  Approximately 100 students "tried it and liked it" last year. We offer 3 options to choose from:


 Option 1:  "I have yet to decide on my career goal":    Try  Speed Mentoring Evenings & Skype Nights:  Open to any student, great for first-time mentees and will now take will place in November as well as February. These are fast moving and enjoyable.  You will get the chance to talk with up to 12 Alumni and other graduate professionals who are employed or self-employed in a large organisation or a specialist SME.  Click here to find out more including how to book.  

Option 2: "I know exactly what I want to do":    Alumni Career Mentoring Scheme:  This is a one-to-one option for able and ambitious students who are sure of their career goal and are in Level 2 or above (including postgraduates).  Interested students submit an application form to (see below)

Option 3. NewQueen’s Global Career Mentoring Network:‌  For those who have tried out one of the above or  have: completed Insight into Management or another significant career development/leadership programme; have been referred by a Queen's Careers Consultant. Click here to find out more including how to join. 


 "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 2013 and 2014)  

Application Form forĀ Mentees (Complete in full)

List of available mentors       

Career Mentoring and Degree Plus (Route B) 

MentorĀ Application Form (via LinkedIn )

MentorĀ Application Form (not via LinkedIn)

FAQs for Option 2; The One-to-One Scheme

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Can Any Student Apply for one-to-one mentoring through the Alumni Career Mentoring Scheme?

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      

Can graduates of Queen's also apply for alumnus to alumnus mentoring?

Yes.  Alumni Career Mentoring is included in the Careers service offering to graduates up to 2 years after the date of their graduation (see Mentee Application Form above).