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GradLink Mentoring Programme - Connecting Graduates and Students

The GradLink Mentoring Programme aims to develop current students' knowledge of the labour market and their career options by developing supportive mentoring relationships with alumni. It is a great way to start thinking about career options, so third year (Junior Sophister) students studying one or more subjects in the departments of economics, philosophy, political science and/or sociology are strongly encouraged to participate.

What’s involved for students?

student If you are unsure what to do after College, need help with your CV or LinkedIn Profile or are interested in finding out more about a particular job or sector then GradLink might be just what you are looking for.

The 2016/2017 GradLink Mentoring Programme was launched on 27 Otober 2016. At the launch event graduates gave an overview of their career and what they can offer as mentors. Afterwards there was a networking reception where students had the opportunity to meet the graduates and find out more about their careers and expertise. Students who were interested in being mentored signed-up at the launch event and found out which mentor they were assigned at a follow up workshop. Participating in GradLink involves meeting with a mentor 2-3 times, over the course of the academic year.

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What’s involved for alumni?

student and mentorGraduates of economics, philosophy, political science and/or sociology, with 3+ years professional experience were recentely invited to register for the 2016/2017 GradLink Programme. We are delighted to have over 30 mentors confirmed who are currently working for employers such as Amazon, RTÉ, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, PwC, Ryanair and HSBC.

As a mentor graduates work with a small group of students (up to three per mentor) who they meet up to three times during the programme. The focus of these meetings is generally professional development and other career-related topics. The time commitment of the programme for mentors is approximately 10 hours, inclusive of the launch event.

“I was delighted to be asked to be part of the GradLink Mentoring scheme. I loved my years in Trinity and this was a great way of giving back and helping current students. My student was very capable and bright but it can be hard to know where to find experience, what areas offer the most opportunities and how to perfect a CV. Being able to help and share your insight can make a real difference to students in getting started with their career.” -- GradLink mentor

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Previous GradLink Mentoring Programmes

The GradLink programme has been a great success over the last two years and this has been due in a large part to the exceptional calibre of the mentors. Students have had the opportunity to choose mentors who are pursuing careers in business, technology, marketing, journalism, public service and the voluntary sector.

Students benefitted enormously from the exchange of ideas with alumni and gained useful insights into how they can best manage their career development.

  • "Amazing Programme! Thank you for introducing me to my mentor. She has been extremely helpful in re-jigging my CV, recommending employment opportunities, helping me to write cover letters, prepping me for interviews etc. I have secured one summer internship, at least one other interview so far, and have applied for 5 other positions that I would not have known about without the help of my mentor. I would highly recommend this programme and think every student should know the benefits that it has to offer. Thanks again for everything!" -- Economic and Social Studies (BESS) student
  • “I am interested in working in the media and journalism in the future and my mentor encouraged me to start writing a blog, which I did and it became quite successful and I gained a lot of confidence in myself and my writing abilities. I then went on to submit articles to an online newspaper that are aimed at the student population. Upon doing this the articles were published on the website. I have also been offered an internship with this online newspaper as an in-house writer for their website this summer. I could not have achieved all of this had I not attended the Gradlink programme and met my mentor who gave me a push in the right direction.” -- Sociology and Social Policy student

Additional Information

The Gradlink Mentoring Programme is run by the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, in conjunction with the Trinity Development and Alumni Office and the Careers Advisory Service. Please visit the following websites for more information:

Or email the School's GradLink Coordinator Helen Murray at sspalum@tcd.ie

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