Information for mentors
Now in its 10th year, the flagship RMIT Career Mentoring program continues to foster meaningful relationships between current RMIT students and industry professionals. Students reach out to mentors with compatible profiles for one-off meetings, with the opportunity to continue the connection in a more formal, 3-month mentoring partnership. The connections made in this program help prepare students for a successful future beyond RMIT.
The program is designed to be easy and flexible and makes it possible for students to connect with mentors in a variety of ways. You can meet with your mentee face-to-face for a coffee, or connect remotely over email, phone, or video chat. All mentoring connections start off with a one-off meeting, with an opportunity to continue the connection in a longer-term, 3-month partnership.
Sign up today to become a mentor.
|Styles of mentoring||There are two styles of mentoring available, which are short-term (meetings) and longer-term (partnerships)|
|Mentoring meetings||Meetings are one-off mentoring connections, which are initiated by mentees|
|Mentoring partnerships||Once a mentee and mentor have had their meeting, they may choose to continue their connection in a 3-month partnership, if both parties agree.|
|Registrations||Registrations open year-round|
Who can be a mentor?
This volunteer program is open to industry professionals and RMIT alumni - from recent graduates to senior executives - who have a willingness to share their expertise and experience.
Professional development opportunities
There are many benefits to becoming a mentor, such as:
- Further developing your coaching and leadership skills
- Growing your professional network via RMIT professional development events for mentors
Accessing graduate talent for recruitment purposes
|Mentoring meetings||The time commitment for mentors is minimal, with an average meeting duration of 1 hour.|
|Mentoring partnerships||If you decide to continue the connection in a 3-month partnership, you will meet a further 3 times over the partnership, e.g. 1 hour per month, over 3 months.|
The connection process
Step 1: The meeting request
Mentees browse the profiles of mentors recommended to them by the RMIT Mentoring team, or by using the search filter in the mentoring portal. Once a mentee finds a mentor whose profile stands out to them, they will send through a meeting request.
When you receive a meeting request, you have 10 days to either accept or decline the request before it expires. If you must decline a mentee's request, please do so in a timely manner.
Step 2: Meeting your mentee
Once you have accepted the mentee's request, it's time to prepare for your upcoming meeting. Be sure to confirm the time, date, and location of your meeting with your mentee.
Before your meeting, you may like to encourage your mentee to send through their resume, list of career goals, or any career questions they may have, so you can be fully prepared. You will find a range of helpful resources and topics to discuss with your mentee found in the 'Mentor Resource Pack'.
Step 3: The 3-month partnership opportunity
Once your meeting has concluded, there is an opportunity to continue the connection in a 3-month partnership.
The post-meeting survey, which is sent to the mentor and mentee, allows both parties to select if they would like to continue in a 3-month partnership. Both parties must agree for a partnership to commence. Once agreed upon, the RMIT Mentoring team will then manually create the partnership within the mentoring portal.
At any stage throughout this process, Mentors can also contact the RMIT Mentoring team to help the mentoring experience.
Here are some answers to questions you may have about the program.
Mentors join our program for a variety of reasons. Our mentoring community is made up of RMIT alumni and non-alumni industry leaders and professionals. Perhaps you want to give back to the RMIT community or help current students unlock their potential.
Our program also provides an avenue for mentors to access graduate talent for recruitment purposes, further develop your coaching and leadership skills, and grow your professional network via RMIT professional development events.
Sit back and wait for a mentee to send you a meeting request! We recommend your profile to mentees, based on profile compatibility, so make sure that your profile is complete and up-to-date. The more engaging your profile is, the more requests you'll receive!
When you sign up to become a mentor, your default ‘connection slot’ is at one (1) connection. However, you can manually adjust your settings to go up or down, depending on your availability. For example, if you find you have more free time than normal, you may like to increase your connection slot to two (2) or three (3) if you can provide extra support for students. However, if you are unavailable for a certain period of time, it’s best to adjust your connection setting to zero (0) so that students cannot send you meeting requests. Your connection settings can be adjusted at any time, to suit your changing schedule.
We encourage you to discuss this with your mentee first. Identify the areas of concern regarding your meeting or partnership. If you are unable to resolve a meeting or partnership issue, you can seek advice and guidance from the RMIT Mentoring team. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive manner for both parties.
Phone 03 9925 7370
Your profile is visible to students and other mentors.
Firstly, make sure your mentor profile is complete and up-to-date. You might also like to add a profile picture if you have not already done so. Mentees will often first reach out to mentors whose profiles are complete and up-to-date.
If your profile is up-to-date and you still haven't received any requests, feel free to contact the RMIT Mentoring team and we can assist in finding you a suitable mentee. We also have our Career Mentoring - Group Experience Online program that may be of interest to you. e:email@example.com
No, the RMIT Career Mentoring program is a volunteer-based program. Therefore, you do not receive any financial compensation as a mentor.