DSS Employability Programme Mentoring


What is Mentoring – Overview of the programme:

The aim of the Career Mentoring Programme is to help DSS registered students to be better equipped to make a successful transition from college to the workplace and will focus on career planning development.  Mentoring involves regular meetings between you and your mentor.  


What will it involve?

If you are successful in your application to the programme, you will be assigned to a mentor in a locally based graduate employer. Once assigned you will meet your mentor virtually a total of 4 to 6 times before the end of Semester 2 next April. Each meeting will last approximately 1 hour and will focus on a specific topic of your choosing. You will also participate in an Employability Skills Week in Semester 2 which will consist of a series of online workshops and webinars facilitated by your host company.


General topics that may be covered include:

  • Help build self confidence
  • Challenging ideas regarding career options
  • CV & interview preparation
  • Professional networking
  • Effective job searching
  • Working remotely
  • Presentation Skills/Teamwork Skills/Problem Solving
  • How to use LinkedIn
  • Dealing with issue of disclosure
  • Communication in the workplace

At the end of each meeting mentor and mentee will agree an objective and date for the next meeting.  The final meeting will include an evaluation of the mentoring process. Companies involved in the programme include:


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How to apply

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The Disability Support Service in UCC now supports over 1600 students in the university. An important element of this support is to help students to develop crucial employability skills so that they may be better equipped to make a successful transition from college to the workplace. Research has shown that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.


Mentors to be assigned 1 student each for mentoring. Mentors and mentees to meet 4 – 6 times during the academic year. The initial meeting will be an introductory meeting that will help set the agenda for the subsequent sessions.

The topics/issues to be covered during the Mentoring Programme will be decided collaboratively between each mentoring partnership. Bearing this in mind, each mentor may cover quite different topics based on the interests and needs of the student.


The students on the Mentoring Programme will be registered with the Disability Support Service in UCC but you do not need to have any great knowledge of disability to participate. The programme is much more about professional skills development and so you will have lots to share with your mentee.



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