UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Become a mentor - Dasha Lukiniha

13 March 2018

Dasha Lukiniha - UCL graduate - BA Economics & Business with East European Studies, 2011

Are you interested in giving back to your alumni community? At the UCL Alumni Online Community, you can connect with UCL alumni and students seeking academic and professional advice and mentors. Dasha Lukiniha is UCL graduate (BA Economics & Business with East European Studies, 2011) who is currently acting as a mentor – read on to find out why she would recommend offering your time:

What motivated you to become involved in the UCL Alumni Online Mentoring Scheme?

I graduated with a strong desire to work in financial services, but no experience of the sector: at the time, I would have really appreciated receiving advice on career progression and setting goals. When I found out that UCL has a mentor program, I just knew I had to do it - it seemed like a perfect opportunity to give something back, in the hope that my experience can be of use to students or recent graduates.

What are the benefits of acting as a mentor?

The greatest benefit is the sense of satisfaction I feel from helping someone who is in the same position I was when I graduated.

How do you think the scheme helps mentees?

Mentors can provide reassurance along every step of the process professional development: they can help to navigate the initial job search process, answer questions around career progression changing careers completely or retraining, especially if they have done so themselves.

And finally, do you have any advice for someone who might be thinking of becoming a mentor?

It’s a really rewarding experience: it feels good to give back, and it’s also a great way to stay connected to UCL.

To register your interest in becoming a mentor like Dasha, go to uclalumnicommunity.org to create your profile, connect with fellow UCL students and alumni, and give the gift of time back to your alumni community.