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Mentorship Programme for Second Year Students

Would you like to find out more about careers that interest you?
Would you like to talk to someone from that profession about your career ideas?
Would you like help with your job applications and interviews?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then consider the Mentorship Programme

What is the Mentorship Programme

The Mentoring Programme assists students in your professional and career development. It involves a mentor mentoring a mentee. In this case, the mentors are DCU graduates and/or employers. The mentees are current second year DCU students. The mentor shares their expertise and experience to assist the mentee (student) to motivate, empower and help you with your career ideas and professional development.

Benefits to Students

  • Gives you time to reflect, ‘stand back’ and review where you are now, where you want to get to, and how best to get there
  • Explore/Discover your strengths and skills
  • Receive personalized support, feedback and recognition
  • Boost your confidence with your career direction
  • Gain key employability skills such as communication
  • Expand your social and professional network
  • Assist you to achieve changes and goals
  • Great addition to your CV
About the Mentees

The mentees are second year students. However, you must apply in your first year so we can match you over the Summer. 

Who is eligible to apply

First year undergradaute students who will be entering second year in Sept 2019. 

What type of things do mentees discuss with mentors
  • Discussing career areas of interest
  • Researching and exploring particular job roles and sectors
  • Deciding on what to do after university
  • Review a CV/LinkedIn profile
  • Practice job interviews and networking
What makes a good mentee
  • Students who are motivated to improving their employability and professional development skills.
  • Students open to ideas and feedback
  • Students committed to participating for the full duration of the scheme
  • Students who are prepared to commit to your future through this programme.
What makes a successful mentoring relationship

  • A student that is willing to drive the process
    ; organising meetings, articulating what you would like to gain, what areas you are interested in finding experience in and asking questions etc.  Remember the mentor is volunteering their time.

That you are committed to achieving what you set out to do, for example,  helping to increase your self-confidence, insights into roles and sectors etc
Who are the Mentors

The mentors are a mix of DCU graduates and/or employers. They have worked for a number of years and have been identified as role models. The mentor often shares his/her career experiences, advises and informs the mentee.

What is involved in the Mentorship Programme

One to one meetings with your mentor, activites and events. 

Activites to be undertaken by the mentee (student)
  • Organising and meeting with your Mentor once a month to discuss career ideas/goals, to gain insights into roles, world of work.
  • Participating in two employability skills sessions organised by the Careers Service
  • Completing an Initial learning agreement with your mentor. (Careers will give you a copy of this)
  • Completing a mentoring meeting record of each meeting with the mentor and upload onto your Portfolio (Careers Service will explain this at the training and induction session)
  • Report (500 words) demonstrating reflective learning arising from participating in the Mentoring Scheme and how it has developed you.
  • In addition, mentees must also complete two from the following list:
    • Work Shadow Day
    • CV
    • Interview Skills
    • Careers Action Plan
What is the time commitment

About 20 hours over 6 months between October and April (excluding the work shadow day)

What is the schedule

May/June: First years apply for the programme (apply in first year before starting second year)

Summer/Sept: matching of mentees and mentors

Oct: Opening Ceremony 
Mentoring month 1

Dec: Mentoring month 2

Jan: Mentoring month 3

Feb: Mentoring month 4 - Participate in work shadow day (optional)
Employability Skills Workshops: particpate in two employability skills workshops  

 Mar: Mentoring month 5

Apr: Mentoring Month 6
Closing Ceremony – awarding of Certificate of Participation

Will I receive a Certificate of Participation

On completion of the programme, mentees will receive a Certificate of Participation

Can the Mentoring Programme count towards my DCU Award

Yes, the Mentoring Programme can count towards your DCU Award.

How to Apply
What is the Application Procedure and closing date

Application Form will open shortly. 

Tips for Application Form
  • Take the time to think about your profile before submitting the form. This is important for matching you with the most suitable Mentor.
  • Think about how you intend to use the experience of mentoring to move your career ideas forward. Mentoring involves reflecting on your experiences, listening to your mentor and then putting the advice into practice.
  • Be specific about the areas you are keen to have a mentor from and try to focus on job areas.
  • Provide as much information as possible to make it clear what you hope to achieve and to enable the matching process.
Before Submitting
  • Does it read well?
  • Have you tailored your answers to the questions?
  • Have you thought about the graduate/employer who will be reading your profile?
  • Check grammar and spelling to ensure you are creating the most positive impression.
  • Also keep a copy of your form so you have this for reference if you are successfully matched on the scheme.
Mentor Case Studies

"The DCU Structured Mentorship programme was a firm highlight of my time in university. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet a professional in your area of study and learn valuable career insights, enhance employability skills, access a broad network of professionals and improve your CV."

"This programme was definitely a first step insight of a professional career and how it is to work in the public sector. Hearing from my mentor's experiences, the challenges and opportunities along the way, inspired me to work even more towards a future career and be better prepared in the sense of expectations. Also, it is a good chance to start developing those networking skills! I would definitely recommend this programme."

"A really worthwhile programme which allowed me to gather invaluable information on my career area. I would highly recommend this to every student!"

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the DCU Mentorship Programme. I found it extremely beneficial as it helped to build my self-confidence which was especially important before I began the process of securing my third year Intra Placement. Although I was paired with a mentor who was based overseas, we Skyped regularly and still keeping contact over a year later."

"Very good programme and helps with employability as it shows you have taken time out of your schedule to find out more about your career. Very good on the CV and was a talking point in all interviews. Helps you find out if you really want to go down that career path from someone who is in that field."

Calling 2018 Graduates!

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DCU is required by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to conduct an annual survey of its recent graduates regarding their employment status in the first year after graduation.

We want to understand the graduate perspective, enhance teaching and learning to improve graduate outcomes and build an accurate picture of employment patterns.

Complete the survey here.

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