Information for Mentors
Now in its 9th year, the flagship RMIT Career Mentoring program continues to foster meaningful relationships between current RMIT students and industry professionals. Mentors are matched with a student aspiring to work in the same industry, and with a compatible profile. The connections made in this program help prepare students for a successful future beyond RMIT.
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|Duration||Recommended minimum of 1 hour per month over 3 months|
|Start dates||Beginning March & August|
|Registrations||Registrations open year round|
|Matching process||Partnerships manually created by Mentoring Team|
Who can be a Mentor?
This program is open to industry professionals who typically have three or more years of professional workforce experience in a supervisory, management or leadership capacity and who have a willingness to share their expertise and experience.
Mentees are expected to drive the relationship as they may have different mentoring needs such as:
- Soft skills needed in industry
- Seeking and finding internship
- Job search skills
- The career path
- Personal and professional development opportunities
The first meeting offers the perfect opportunity to discuss the mentees specific needs and expectations. The Mentoring Agreement lists potential mentoring topics and offers a good starting point and structure the discussions.
Professional Development opportunities
Benefits for students who are provided with direct industry connections and guidance in the Mentoring partnerships are unparalleled. There are also many benefits and opportunities for Mentors including:
- Providing an avenue to access graduate talent for recruitment purposes.
- Further developing coaching & leadership skills
Growing professional networks and knowledge via RMIT professional development events
The number of agreed Mentoring meetings is flexible, but there is a recommended minimum of one hour per month over the 3 month partnership. You can agree with your Mentee to meet more frequently or decide to email, or have phone or Skype contact between meetings. If both parties agree, the partnership may be ended early if all questions are answered.
The Mentoring partnership process
Step 1: Mentor Matching
Immediately after the mentor/mentee partnerships are created, mentors have the opportunity to review the mentees profile.
Step 2: Preparing for the mentoring experience
A partnership agreement template will be sent to the mentor and mentee. This lists a number of topics that may be of interest. There are also a wide range of resources in our 'Mentor Resource Guide' section to help structure the meetings.
Step 3: Connect and meet with the Mentee
Now it's time to connect with the mentee via the mentoring platform. Here the mentor and mentee will arrange the first meeting and clarify any questions related to the partnership.
At any stage throughout this process, Mentors can also contact the RMIT Mentoring team to help the mentoring experience.
Tel: (+61 3) 9925 8146
FAQs for Mentors
Here are some answers to questions you may have about the mentoring program.
Students will be allocated to a Mentor at the start of each university semester. If for any reason Mentors are unable to mentor a student, they will need to inform the Mentoring team to adjust the Mentor's availability. Students may also approach Mentors for one-off meetings or discussions; however, Mentors have the ability to control their availability to connect with students for one-off connections.
We encourage Mentors to discuss this with their Mentee in the first instance. Mentors need to identify their areas of concern regarding the partnership. If they are unable to resolve an issue within the partnership, they can seek advice and guidance from the RMIT Mentoring team: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 9925 4006.
We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive manner for both parties.
Yes. All Mentors have their maximum partnerships set at "1" by default, but this can be easily changed by editing your availability through your profile.