Information for Mentors
One of our global mentoring programs for industry professionals to be partnered with students from RMIT University Vietnam and Singapore Institute of Management to explore their career options both in the regions and abroad.
Sign up today to become a mentor.
|Duration||Three (3) 1-hour meeting for 3 months|
|Start dates||Rolling basis|
|Registrations||Anytime throughout the year|
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 an 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 Planner lists potential mentoring topics and offers a good starting point and structure the discussions.
The number of agreed mentoring meetings is flexible, but it is expected a minimum of one hour per month contact time. Mentors and mentees may agree 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 mentoring partnership is created, mentors have the opportunity to review their mentee's profile.
Step 2: The ‘Partnership Agreement’ and preparing for your partnerships
A partnership agreement template will be sent to the Mentee. This lists a number of topics (examples are listed below) that may be of interest to discuss. There is also a wide range of resources in our ‘Mentor Resource Guide’ section to help you structure the meetings.
Step 3: Connect and meet with your mentee
Now it’s time to connect with your mentee via the mentoring platform. Here, the mentee reaches out to the mentor to arrange the first meeting and clarify any questions.
At any stage throughout this process, Mentors can also contact the RMIT Mentoring Asia team to help the mentoring experience.
FAQs – Mentors
Here are some answers to questions you may have about the mentoring program.
Can I work with more than one Mentee at a time?
Yes absolutely. All Mentors have their maximum partnerships set at 3, but by editing your profile you can change this default setting.
Mentors and Mentee are not located in the same city - what are the options?
If your Mentee is located in a different area, you can consider connecting with them via email or video conference technology such as SKYPE or Google Hangouts.
Will Mentors be overwhelmed with requests from Mentees?
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 reduce the Mentors availability.
What if Mentors are concerned about an aspect of the partnership?
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.
We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive manner for both parties.