Information for Mentors
Mentoring a student allows you to provide insight, leadership and career guidance to future alumni and employees of your industry. Mentors provide inspiration and support, assisting students with career direction and life perspective and can be transformational for a student.
Eligibility and Structure
Mentor registrations are welcomed year-round. The program is flexible and designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. Your registration will allow you to be considered for an appropriate match with a La Trobe student in the next round. 2019 Round dates* are:
Round 1: May - July
Round 2: August - October
Round 3: November - February
*please note these dates will change in 2020. Exact 2019 dates will be communicated to participants who have registered prior to the upcoming mentoring round.
Mentors in this program need to be currently employed with at least one year of professional work experience*. You do not need to be an alumni of La Trobe University to apply.
*If you have any questions about your eligibility or suitability for this program, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or (03) 9479 4790.
- Mentor registrations are accepted throughout the year
- Students are responsible for the relationship and will initiate the first contact
- The frequency of meetings is negotiated between mentor and mentee in the initial meeting
- Meetings can take place where and when it is convenient for you
- Option to participate in networking events with other mentees and mentors
The benefits of mentoring
Mentoring is often a rewarding experience and a chance to reflect on your own journey, skills and knowledge.
- Develop a fresh perspective on your career
- Enhance your coaching and leadership skills
- Extend your professional network
- Encourage your creative thinking
- Help shape the future of your profession and community
- Connect with the next generation of graduates
- Support inclusion, diversity, and open communication
- Feel valued by giving back
- Reconnect or develop closer links with La Trobe University
What should I expect from my mentee?
A beneficial and rewarding mentoring relationship is often dependent on a mentee's initiative to engage with their mentor.
As a general guideline, we expect that mentees will:
- Initiate communications with their mentor after a connection is made
- Consider topics of discussion and questions before each meeting
- Be punctual to meetings
- Communicate regularly and promptly with mentor (based on agreement)
- Honour commitments
- Be respectful of the mentoring relationship and communicate in a courteous manner
- Keep shared information confidential
The Mentor’s Role
Mentors need to be open to sharing advice, experiences and knowledge relating to careers, professional development and the workplace. Every mentoring connection will be unique, but our mentors are expected to be willing to reflect on and share:
- Guidance to students around self-reliance, motivation and confidence
- Insight into particular professional fields and networks
- A safe place for discussion without judgement
- Assumptions and preconceptions about career paths and how to succeed
- Self-directed reflection, analysis and problem solving
- Goal-setting and decision-making
- Advice on how to develop a network of professional contacts in Australia, especially if mentoring an international student