The most recent edition of the Técnico Alumni Mentoring Program 2022/23 started last Wednesday, October 19th, with a networking session that brought together more than 70 alumni and students.
The first words of the event were in charge of the Vice President of Técnico, Professor Pedro Amaral, who underlined the importance of the feeling of giveback to the alumni and their return to the alma mater.
Then, it was up to the coordinator of the Technology Transfer Office, Carla Patrocínio, to present the general lines of the program, and remember the history of these 4 editions, highlighting the novelty of this edition of including PhD students in the program.
Sofia Cabeleira, the coordinator of Técnico Alumni and an integral part of the program’s team, highlighted the program’s added value and invited mentor Miguel Guedes to share the «positive» experience for him, explaining that he remains in contact with students from previous editions. Witnessing the other side was Lourenço Duarte. Mentoring the 3rd edition, the Técnico student mentioned how the forms of contact – telephone, e-mail, face-to-face – can differ, as well as their frequency, without prejudice to the quality of mentoring.
This year, the program covered more than 145 former students and 156 students from the most varied courses, including PhD students, a novelty in this new edition. After this session, contact between mentors and mentees will continue, with students having the best possible guidance in making decisions about the various professional paths available to them.