Information for Students
Having a mentor will help you look to the future as you plan for life after graduating. You may have questions such as:
- Should I undertake further study?
- What type of jobs/roles should I be applying for?
- Should I travel or volunteer?
- How are my skills transferable?
- What are people looking for in industry when recruiting staff?
During this exciting time being mentored provides you with insights into the professional world and helps you to expand your knowledge of career options and plan for life after study.
As a mentee you will gain insights into your future career and your chosen industry. Understand how your studies and skills gained at University will transfer to the workplace and develop your professional network and build your personal and professional confidence.
The benefits of having a mentor
Mentors challenge, motivate, inspire and empower you to pursue your goals.
Mentoring is a great way to:
- Find out about alternative career paths and options post-study
- Learn from a professional about how to successfully adjust to the working world
- Develop your career plan and align your goals to your values
- Gain confidence and a career direction
- Increase your confidence in networking and your professional communication skills
- Improve your chances of securing a job or graduate admission by developing a professional CV and practicing your interviewing technique
- Be more informed about graduate study and career options
The structure and matching process
This program is facilitated by University careers staff who will support you and your mentor throughout the program.
The aim of this program is to offer guidance and support on a range of topics from career planning, making the most of University life and preparing you for the real world and enhancing your employability.
- Program runs for 12 weeks and commences at the start of each semester
- Students make initial request to connect with a mentor
- The frequency and length of meetings are negotiable with your mentor however we recommend a minimum contact of one hour per fortnight throughout your mentoring agreement
- Participants sign off on a mentoring agreement which outlines your proposed meeting schedule and mentoring goals
- All currently enrolled students can apply however final year students are strongly encouraged to participate
- Participants will have the opportunity to meet other mentors and mentees through networking events
Currently enrolled students can apply at any stage of their degree upon successful completion of the Mentee Membership profile.
The Mentees Role
The success of a mentoring partnership is dependent on a mentees commitment to engage with their mentor.
Students who wish to participate as a mentee need to commit to:
- Being available for the duration of the 12 week mentoring program to connect with a mentor
- Taking responsibility for the mentoring relationship which includes initiating and managing the mentoring meetings
- Consider topics of discussion and questions before each meeting
- Be punctual to meetings
- Communicate regularly and promptly with mentor (based on agreement)
- Honour commitments
- Keep shared information confidential
- A relationship built on mutual trust, respect and professionalism
Industry Mentoring Student Workshops
Sign up for a mentoring preparation workshop held at the Melbourne campus or complete the online Mentoring Induction Module.
The workshop and module provides you with an overview of the program, provide details of the matching and registration process and include tips for making the most of your mentoring partnerships. This will also be a chance to ask questions and meet other students interested in mentoring. To attend a workshop, book via CareerHub.