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New Alumni Mentoring Scheme launched

New Alumni Mentoring Scheme launched

A new Alumni Mentoring Scheme has been launched

A new mentoring scheme which will give Queen’s students an opportunity to engage with inspiring alumni has been launched.

Developed by Careers, Employability and Skills (CES) and the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO), the new pilot scheme offers up to 20 undergraduate students the opportunity to engage with alumni who have already used their degree at Queen’s to help them to get ahead in their career.

Eimear Gallagher from CES said: “High achieving alumni, who are recognised experts in their fields, often return to the University to share their experiences and motivations with students at a variety of events, including guest speakerships, career alumni information evenings and fast-track networking. This mentoring scheme builds on the successful work already being carried out by CES and DARO in partnership with Schools.”

The pilot Alumni Career Mentoring Scheme offers one-to-one support for students, especially those in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who are open to considering some of the wider career options available to them in areas such as management, consultancy or other ‘any discipline’ opportunities.  Students are also able to use their participation in the scheme as part of their evidence towards Degree Plus.

Interested students and alumni make a formal application to the scheme and are provided with training before being “matched”.  Volunteer mentors have come forward from Northern Ireland, London, New York and Asia. During the mentoring process, matched mentors and mentees engage in a series of four positive and constructive conversations about the student's career and employability enhancement plans. 

The scheme is now in the mentoring stage with conversations currently in progress.  Participating students have already indicated that they are finding this to be a very valuable experience.

Final year student Alison Campbell said: “I have completed two of my conversations with my mentor so far and they have been really useful. I am learning a lot from him and feel that the scheme is a really valuable experience.”

There will be a formal evaluation of the scheme in May/June 2012.  Depending on the outcomes, it is hoped to run the scheme out more widely across the University in 2012-2013. 

An information website to support the pilot scheme has been set up in the CES webpages and can be accessed at www.qub.ac.uk/alumnicareermentoring. Anyone interested in hearing more about the scheme is also welcome to contact Eimear Gallagher in Careers, Employability and Skills.

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