FAQs – MENTORS
Here are some answers to questions you may have about the mentoring program.
The amount of mentoring time you devote to your partnership is flexible, but a minimum contact time of one hour every month for 12 weeks is required. You may be able to meet more frequently or agree to email or phone contact between meetings.
Partnerships are in place for 12 weeks. The commencement of partnerships is not semester based, but can commence at any stage through the year.
Potentially every student mentee will have different mentoring needs - general career advice, career planning, information on further studies, personal encouragement and confidence building, specific guidance on sourcing jobs and internships.
Your first meeting will offer the perfect opportunity to discuss your student mentees specific needs. You may find the Mentoring Agreement which lists potential mentoring topics, offers a good starting point and structure for your discussions. This will be sent to you when a partnership commences.
Only one partnership request can be active at any one time, unless you have set your partnership limit to greater than “1”. Students can send a partnership request to two Mentors at any one time. When a student requests a partnership, you have 5 days to accept or decline the request before it expires. When you receive a request, please review and “accept” or “reject” as soon as possible. If the second Mentor accepts the request from the student first, the partnership request to you will automatically close. If for any reason you are unable to mentor a student, we recommend that you decline the request and provide a reason.
Yes absolutely. You can control how many students can approach you to be their Mentor. All Mentors have their maximum partnerships set at “1”, but by editing your profile you can increase this default setting.
Students voluntarily join the career mentoring program, as they understand the value of connecting with industry professionals for career advice. So you can expect motivated, self-driven student mentees! Students do not receive credit points for participation.