FAQs – MENTEES
Here are some answers to questions you may have about the mentoring program.
Good news! You are able to select your own Industry Mentor through the RMIT Mentoring Portal. The Portal will suggest some suitable mentors for you, but you can also browse through or use the filter options to search for available Mentors to find the best Mentor to meet your mentoring needs. Read each of the Mentor profiles and identify your preferred Mentor, then initiate a mentoring request to that Mentor by following the prompts.
The number of Mentoring meetings you agree with your Mentor is flexible, but you should expect a minimum contact time of one hour per month. Mentors and Mentees can agree to meet more frequently or decide to email, or have phone or Skype contact between meetings. Mentoring partnerships will typically run for 12 weeks, but may be ended early if all your questions are answered or extended, if both parties agree.
Refer firstly to the Mentor’s profile, which will tell you what level of support this Mentor can provide. The available support could range from career guidance to job shadowing, and in some cases, internships or graduate positions. It is not recommended to ask your Mentor about internships with their organisation if the Mentor profile does not specify “internships” as an area of support. Please do, however, make the most of the valuable advice and guidance you have access to and discuss with your mentor their tips and guidance for securing an internship.
Yes, but not at the same time. As a current student, you are welcome to connect with another Mentor after a partnership concludes.
We encourage you to discuss this with your Mentor in the first instance. Identify your areas of concern regarding the partnership. If you are unable to resolve an issue between you and your Mentor, you can seek advice and guidance from the RMIT Mentoring team – contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 03 9925 4006. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive manner for both parties.
As soon as a Mentor is assigned to you, the template for a Partnership Agreement will be sent to you. It lists many topics that may be of interest to you to discuss with your Mentor. There are also additional resources for you under the ‘Mentee Resource Guide’ section to help you structure your meetings. You can also talk to the RMIT Mentoring team to help maximise the benefits from your mentoring experience – email@example.com.
Students voluntarily join the Industry Mentoring program to take advantage of the career advice offered by our experienced Industry Mentors. Students do not receive credit points for participation.
Subject to your Visa conditions, you may be able to work in Australia while studying, and immediately after you graduate. Working in Australia is a great opportunity for international students to learn about the Australian workplace, improve their English, further develop skills and start developing a professional network. More information is available here. If you are an international student having issues at work, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is able to give you free help - click here to read how the FWO can assist.