Our free mentoring programmes give you the skills and confidence to build a better future.

Why choose Inspire Mentoring?

Get unique insights and connections into industries and improve your career opportunities.

Make the most of more opportunities in life

Inspire Mentoring is a unique opportunity for you to be mentored by a professional who has been trained by the Inspire team. A mentor will help you make choices in your life. A mentor will always listen to you; they won’t judge you and they’ll offer support and guidance if you want it. They can introduce you to their networks and contacts, open doors for you and give you insights into the world of work.

Our mentors have been in your shoes

Our volunteer mentors have lived through the same circumstances and situations as our mentees. Many are themselves the first in their family to attend college and struggled to develop their career with no connections. They have experienced mentoring and understand how beneficial it is when starting your career journey and making the transition from education to employment.

From the same team as Innovate Communities

We are a social enterprise working with communities for over ten years. Experts in innovation, we work with people to help them solve problems in new ways. Inspire Mentoring is an example of how we work directly with people, listen and create solutions – together.

How does it work?​

Our simple, measured programme makes it easy for you.​

Apply online to be a mentee​

Complete our online application form.

Select a mentor

You choose the right mentor for you.

Plan a mentoring session​

Up to 1 hour weekly, Online, at a time that suits you both.

Success Stories

Our mentoring programmes give you the skills and confidence to work for a better future.

Our Mentors

We work with a variety of mentors who volunteer the time. Meet some of our mentors below.

Richard Doran

One of our original pilot programme mentors, Richard supported his mentee whilst living in China. He has over 15 years’ experience working in mainstream and digital media in Ireland and recently China where he is a familiar face and voice to millions of Chinese. Richard’s experience covers all aspects of hosting, scriptwriting and pre-and post-production. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Richard enjoyed his experience so much he has signed up to mentor again.

Eilis Davenport

Eilis signed up during our pilot programme in 2020. She is an experienced pastry chef with over 10 years’ experience working in a variety of kitchens, most recently in the fabulous Le Patissier. She is also a qualified Irish dancing teacher and a mother to two wonderful boys. Her latest endeavour is setting up a new social innovation project focusing on food and culinary education in Irish schools. Eilis supported her mentee, building up her confidence and self-belief and challenging her to achieve her full potential.

Paul Thompson

Global Transitions Manager with Google Ireland, Paul has over 15 years’ experience in the tech industry. A certified Executive and Personal Coach and a transformational lead, he signed up to give something back, having experience mentoring himself and understanding that developing a career isn’t always straightforward. Paul was happy to work with his mentee, supporting her career journey, helping her to understand the workplace, to make relevant connections and making introductions on her behalf.

Our Partners

We are very proud to say that LinkedIn has been our Strategic Partner since launching in 2020. Their support has facilitated our nationwide growth. 

We are a RETHINK Ireland awardee under their Education Innovation Fund – a three-year duration funding initiative.

The Irish Youth Foundation recognised Inspire Mentoring as an awardee under their 2022 Generation Pandemic Fund.

Workday partnered with us during 2021.

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