St Paul’s provides an education, not just a place to do a degree. An important part of this is being part of a collaborative, outward-looking, and talented community of alumni and friends of the College. By the end of their time at St Paul’s, we want all students to have had the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the lives, careers, and service of members of the broader St Paul’s family. Volunteers from alumni, parents, and friends of the College – to mentor and visit our students on careers nights and events – are crucial to us achieving this for our students.
The St Paul’s College Mentoring programme provides a supportive, inspiring, one-on-one mentoring experience for our students. Aimed primarily at 3rd year students, but open to all, students are matched with mentors in their field of interest at the beginning of each academic year. Following a Welcome Dinner in Week 3 of semester, mentors and students meet three to four times per semester, discussing topics such as the mentor’s career path, the students’ study, work, and practical experiences, the work environment, the work-life balance, values and ethics in the students’ field of interest, and career entry points.
The St Paul’s College Mentoring Programme is founded on belief that one of the simplest and best parts of College life is conversation with others. Thoughtful and meaningful one-on-one conversations between students and mentors are at its heart. There is no expectation of internships, graduate jobs, or social event invitations within the programme.
The College provides guidance for both mentors and mentees to help spark conversation, seek reflection and feedback, and help make the mentor-mentee relationship a positive and enriching one.
We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from potential mentors. If you are an alumni, parent, or friend of the College, we would love to hear from you!
Students welcome mentors in the following fields: science, health sciences and practice, law, animal and agricultural science, finance, computing and data, media and journalism, government and policy, psychology, engineering and more! We welcome expressions of interest from those currently working in both the public and private sectors, not-for-profit and community organisations, start-ups, or who are self-employed. In other words, our students have diverse interests! If you’d like to mentor, regardless of your career field, we’d love to hear from you.
To register your interest, please complete this form: CLICK HERE
A member of the Academic or Community Development Team will be in touch by mid February 2024 to let you know if there is a student we can pair you with.
Students will be able to register to participate in the mentoring programme between 19 January 2024 and 16 February 2024. The Expression of Interest form will be circulated via email by the Senior Tutor and the link posted here.
Key Dates for the 2024 Programme