Mentors wanted! Register now!
We are accepting mentors for the 2016 program.
Please read the information below and contact us should you wish to discuss:
Nicole Graham (07) 5552 7149
Delys Haskett on (07) 3735 3568
About the Griffith Industry Mentoring Program
Each year, 200 students from a variety of disciplines are matched with experienced people in the workplace in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Mentors are matched with a student whose career aspirations fit with the career path of the mentor. A key function of the Griffith Industry Mentoring Program is to assist students in clarifying their career objectives and to support them in their transition from study to graduate employment.
Career mentoring is a well recognised strategy for helping students link with industry and begin preparing for work and life after graduation. Students are encouraged to seek information and guidance from their mentor about their career direction and future employment goals. The role of the mentor is to share their knowledge and experience, provide guidance and encouragement and take an active interest in the career development needs of the student.
The Program is conducted during second semester (July to October), and links undergraduate students who have completed their first year and postgraduate students in any year level with experienced professionals from similar career fields. Special features of the Program are the networking functions which are held at the commencement and conclusion of the Program.
At the start of the Program, participants draw up a Mentoring Agreement, listing the activities they plan to undertake during the following three-months. Mentoring activities may include some or all of the following:
- Discussion of workplace/employment-related issues with their mentor
- Attendance at workplace or professional association meetings
- Professional networking
- Obtaining assistance with the development of an appropriate resume and effective interview skills
Benefits of participating
The Program will provide you with the opportunity to share your experience, knowledge and work skills with a student seeking a career in a related ﬁeld. The beneﬁts for mentors include:
- personal satisfaction — rewards in giving back and contributing directly to your profession and future colleagues
- learning about current trends from the latest research
- developing skills in coaching, mentoring and personal support
- the chance to meet potential employees
- opportunities to reﬂect on your own professional practice
- recognition of your mentoring role at your own workplace
- opportunities to network with other professionals in your ﬁeld
- a satisfying community service role
Mentor requirements and time commitment
Can anyone be a mentor?
Mentors usually have at least four years' experience in their chosen ﬁeld. Mentors need to be good listeners who enjoy sharing their expertise with emerging professionals.
How much time would I need to commit?
As a general rule, it is recommended that mentors and students meet for approximately six one-hour appointments or equivalent, over the duration of the Program, that is from the end of July until the end of October.
Where do meetings take place?
Students are requested to attend meetings at or near the mentor's place of work.
Am I expected to offer work experience?
We point out to all students that while work experience is one possible outcome, it should not be an expectation, and mentors may not necessarily be in a position to offer it. The key feature of the Program is the opportunity to interact with a workplace professional (the mentor) and other professionals (the mentor’s colleagues and contacts). Some mentors do however offer students work experience and if this is unpaid work experience, the University offers insurance cover for these students. Students need to arrange their own insurance cover by completing the relevant approval form and submitting it to Student Administration allowing five working days for processing. Where approval for insurance cover has been granted, a confirmation letter will be sent to the mentor's organisation. Mentors may wish to note that unpaid work experience needs to conform with the requirements of the Fair Work Act.