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Trinity Alumni-to-Student Mentoring

Would you like to mentor Trinity Students?

Whether you are a recent graduate or have a lot of professional experience, your advice and guidance is invaluable to students starting out on their career path. By mentoring you can provide both reassurance and direction to Trinity students who are deciding what to do next after they graduate.

What does Mentoring look like at Trinity?

When you decide to mentor at Trinity, you can choose to become as involved as you want. Whether you have less than an hour to give per month or 20, there is a path for you! Below are some different Mentoring Journeys we encourage you to embark on, with the time commitment of each detailed.

In a world dramatically changed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we now have a blend of online and in-person mentoring options to suit our volunteers.

Some Sample Mentoring Journeys

Flash Mentoring Online: If you only have a few hours to volunteer this year, why not become a “Flash Mentor”? As opposed to longer-term mentoring, flash mentoring means quick, one-off assists on things like reviewing a CV or helping a student prepare for an interview. You can do this for one or multiple students, depending on how much time you have to commit.

To become a flash mentor, please join Trinity Alumni Online, activate the mentoring tab and select those ways that you are available to assist students, such as reviewing CVs or cover letters. Students will then be able to message you to request support for those specific activities and you can engage in a short mentoring relationship with a fixed outcome. One-off contact with a mentor can be of huge benefit to students and also very popular, so we would strongly encourage you to go down this path if you are very time-limited but still want to make a difference.

Structured Mentoring and the “Certificate of Completion”:

The traditional alumni-to-student mentoring experience available at Trinity has been a structured, professional relationship that takes place over the course of six months, usually throughout the academic year. It often begins with a meeting between alumni and students at one of our on-campus mentoring events.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, instead of the normal large mentoring occasions, we will be hosting a number of online mentoring events throughout the upcoming 2020/2021 academic year that will bring students and alumni together (We hope to offer in-person mentoring events in 2021.

To join the Structured Mentoring programme, you will be asked to sign up to Trinity Alumni Online and also complete a short training on what it means to be a mentor. After that you will be invited to attend any of the online mentoring events that we will be scheduling throughout the year organised by industry/sector. As with the in-person mentoring events, you will have an opportunity to speak with students and then connect with them afterwards, initially via Trinity Alumni Online. When you do connect with a student for a longer-term mentoring relationship, we would recommend that you meet online or in-person at least three times.

For the second year running, we are also offering students the option of completing an additional Mentoring Certificate of Completion, whereby the student and their mentor will connect three times over a six-month period (via phone, email, in-person) as well as at the initial mentoring event, and then the student will need to complete a “Track My Mentoring Journey” and submit it to the Careers Office. Overall, being a longer-term mentor will require roughly 15 hours of your time over the course of six months so that you can meet your mentee, set up and maintain your Trinity Alumni Online Profile, and answer any questions the students may have for you.

How to get involved

Whether you’re interested in structured or flash mentoring, the first step we recommend is signing up to Trinity Alumni Online and then activating the “Mentoring Tab”. Once you have done so, students and alumni will be able to send you a mentoring request.

With the ability to limit what exactly you are willing to assist with and how many mentees you will take on at a given time, you can scale the experience to match the amount of time you have to offer. It is also the perfect way to mentor from the comfort and safety of your own home. With the rise of online communication, there has never been an easier time to have a fully digital mentoring experience.

School of Law and School of Dental Science Mentoring Events

Every year, the School of Law and the School of Dental Science also run bespoke mentoring events for their students. We will update this section once the dates for these mentoring events are confirmed.

Mentoring Resources

To learn more about your role as mentor, please read the Trinity Career Mentor Handbook, which includes Mentor FAQs, Guidelines and Top Tips.