Griffith College is delighted to offer a career mentoring programme through the Griffith Alumni Network, to all of our alumni and students. Bringing together students and alumni together in mutually rewarding relationships, using our dedicated alumni platform that allows people from different class years, regions, academic programmes and sectors to connect. Whether you are a Griffith graduate, final/penultimate year undergraduate, or a placement year, short-courses, or postgraduate student, you are very welcome to join this programme.
How much time do I need to commit?
Traditionally mentoring programmes have official start and end dates and tend to last for a significant period of time. But with our alumni programme, you set the terms of your mentoring relationship. You can make yourself available just for reviewing resumes or you can offer advice across a longer period. It’s up to you and the person you're mentoring to create the structure of the relationship that you want and to revisit that structure based on your and their needs and availability.
How are mentor/mentee matches chosen?
We ask all participants to complete the application form which we use to match you with the best mentor/mentee for you. Once you are matched, both participants will receive an email introducing them to each other and opening the conversation. While every effort will be made to find a suitable match, there is no guarantee a match will be found. Completing the application form will give a better overview of your areas of interest to help with the matching process.
How do I manage the mentor/mentee relationship?
To get the most out of your mentoring relationship it’s best to agree in advance some ground rules, aims and goals, plus the length and frequency of contact. Hold an initial conversation to see if your mentoring match is the right one for you and is going to help you meet your goals or has the right skills. If not, don’t be afraid to politely say so up front with a clear reason why. If you are unsure of how to proceed at any stage, please reach out to us on [email protected].
How do I communicate with my mentor/mentee?
We expect your mentoring relationship will be conducted largely online through the Griffith Alumni Network and other digital channels (such as Zoom), or via phone, as agreed with your mentoring partner. You may also have the opportunity for face-to-face meetings if you are conveniently located in the same town or city. Again, this is a relationship that is organised between you and the person you're mentoring. so find what suits you both best.
What are the benefits of the mentoring programme?
Improve your relationship skills. Build your network. Gain career insights. Whether you have already graduated from Griffith College, or are still a student, starting a mentor relationship with a Griffith College graduate provides you with a great opportunity to take responsibility for managing your own career development in a supportive and encouraging environment. Depending on what you’re seeking, you can connect with a mentor for a one-off request, such as reviewing your CV, or for a more substantial period of time to talk about career goals and how to get there.
This is a mentoring programme that will be primarily managed by you and the mentor once a match has been chosen. It is up to both of you to agree to the parameters of the mentoring relationship. If you feel that Griffith College needs to become involved in the mentoring relationship for any reason, please contact us at [email protected] or at +353 (0) 1 4163349.