Peer Mentoring

When you come to college we are here to support and help you. 

We have a number of services available to help you transition into college life.

Peer Mentoring in IT Carlow

Peer Mentors play a key role during First Year Orientation, providing a friendly environment where first year students can get to know other students, socialise and access informal support in a safe way.

Caption: Claudette Moore Peer Mentor assisting with Campus Tour for Alumni Group (12.11.21) one of the first Science classes to graduate from IT Carlow

Peer Mentors

What is expected of you:

  • As somebody who was once a first year – you are in an ideal role to help others.  You contact will begin in late Aug/early September where you will begin to offer support, guidance, advice and practical tips throughout the student’s first year.
  • It is likely that you will be the first person that the First year will meet so it is very important that you take your role as mentor seriously, the input you contribute will make a substantial impact to their first year/college experience.

Mentoring will involve: 

  • Getting to know you sessions
  • Ice breakers
  • Signposting student supports
  • Highlighting the benefits of participation in Clubs, Societies and Volunteering.

How does Peer Mentoring work?

  • The mentor is a trained student who will guide their mentee through the transition into college and enhance the learning and experience of student life.
  • Mentors are paired with another mentor who pass on information and advice on daily life in college.
  • Act as a form of social support
  • The mentoring relationship is beneficial to both parties
  • Mentor and mentee meet up throughout the academic year
  • Email/Meetings/Face-to-Face contact where possible
  • Share knowledge and experiences
  • Talk to your mentor about topics that may be difficult or awkward to discuss with your lecturers, friends or family.
  • Advice on joining groups and societies

Apply to become a Peer Mentor – (full training provided)

If you think you can make a difference:

  • Applications will open in late March
  • Detailed training and support will be arranged before you commence the role with full support from Student Services and Sports departments and technical support available with setting up online meet ups.
  • You will also have ongoing contact with the Peer Support Officer through the academic year.
  • Being a peer mentor will not interfere with your own course of study, we ask you to commit to giving 5 hours in the First term and 3 hours in second term (excl. training)
  • Develop Graduate Attributes and increase your Employability skills.
  • An opportunity to apply for IT Carlow’s President’s Volunteer Award.
  • You will be actively involved in the feedback process so that your view can be incorporated in the future planning
  • Garda Vetting will apply

More information

For more information on how to apply, contact peersupport@itcarlow.ie

Click here to view the Peer Mentoring advertisement »

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