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 career paths and options post-study
- Learn from a professional about how to successfully adjust to the world of work
- 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
- Grow your professional network
- 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
Career Ready Advantage
Active participation in the Industry Mentoring Program contributes towards the Career Ready Advantage Award Program.
Eligibility and Structure
This program is facilitated by University careers staff who will support you and your mentor throughout the program.
Mentee registrations are welcomed all year. The program is flexible and is designed to meet the needs of busy students and professionals. In 2019 there will be 3 rounds of mentoring*:
Round 1: May - July
Round 2: August - November
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.
Industry Mentoring is open to all currently enrolled La Trobe University students who are aged 18 and over. Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines. Students are able to participate in one mentoring round during their study at La Trobe.
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 in 3 rounds (as per above)
- Program staff work with student and mentor profiles to match connections
- 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
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 round 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