UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


Isabel's Experience with The UCL Alumni Online Community

30 April 2018

Isabel Scavetta

If you’re looking for in-depth, tailored careers advice, the UCL Alumni Online Community is a great place to start. It is an exclusive networking platform that offers the opportunity for both students and graduates to connect: you can search for UCL alumni working in specific sectors or industries, who are willing to offer academic and professional advice and act as mentors. Isabel Scavetta is a current student on the BA European Social and Political Studies who reached out to a mentor – read on to find out why she would recommend it:

What were your reasons for requesting an alumni mentor?

I’m currently developing my interest and experience in the consultancy sector, and wanted to take my knowledge to the next level. It’s invaluable hearing from people in the industry, especially those with a similar academic background, so when I heard about the UCL Alumni Scheme I thought it would be an amazing opportunity.

How often are you in contact and what do you talk about?

I had an extensive phone call with my mentor, during which he talked about his own experiences and gave me some excellent advice on my next steps. It was genuinely really interesting and far beyond what I’d expected! He has since offered to help me on future applications and I know that if I have any questions I could always contact him for his insight.

What are the benefits of having a mentor?

Mentors can give you a different angle on the industry and provide a tailored insight into what you could (or should) do next. It’s a great scheme to get involved in if you’re just starting out, or if you want to challenge yourself further than the standard careers advice. It also means you can meet inspiring, friendly people in your future industry!

And finally, do you have any advice for any students or alumni who might be thinking of requesting a mentor?

Go for it! This is a great opportunity to use the amazing Alumni network that we have at UCL. There are hundreds of Alumni waiting to help you, so don’t be afraid to reach out - you never know where it could lead!

To find your alumni mentor register now for the UCL Alumni Online Community and search the directory for your perfect match. There is no limit to the number of potential mentors you can contact or how often you use the service.