FAQs – MENTEES
Here are some answers to questions you may have about the mentoring program.
Firstly check that your mentee profile is complete. The mentoring system will suggest some well matched mentors to you, but please also browse through or filter the list of available Mentors. Read each of their profiles and identify your preferred mentor. Initiate a mentoring request to that mentor by following the prompts.
Yes. The mentoring team can research, select and initiate a partnership for you - just let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentors have 5 days to consider and accept your request. Typically you will receive a response within a couple of days. If you have not received a response within 5 days, the partnership request will expire and you will be able to initiate a request with an alternative mentor.
Mentoring partnerships in the Industry Mentoring - Vietnam program run for 12 weeks
Yes but not at the same time. 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 the areas that you feel your interests are not aligned. For example are you seeking insights into a particular job role that your mentor does not feel experienced enough to guide you on? Seek advice and guidance by emailing us on email@example.com. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive manner for both parties.
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 mentoring guidance to job shadowing and in some cases, internships or graduate positions. It will not be fruitful to ask your mentor about internships with his/her organisation if the mentor profile does not specify internships as an area of career support. Please do, however, make the most of the valuable mentoring advice and guidance you have access to and discuss with your mentor their tips and guidance for securing an internship.
The number of mentoring meetings you agree with your mentor is flexible, but you should expect a minimum contact time of one hour every month for 12 weeks. Partnerships may agree to meet more frequently or decide to email or have phone contact between meetings.
As soon as a mentor accepts your mentoring request, the template for a partnership agreement will be sent to you. This document lists many topics that may be of interest to you to discuss with your mentor. Use it to form the structure of your first and subsequent meetings. You can also talk to the RMIT mentoring team who can get you on the right track and help you maximise the benefits from your mentoring experience - firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's always easier to establish rapport with another person during face to face contact. This is not always possible for some of our mentoring partnerships, with parties potentially located across the globe. For "remote" mentoring, we recommend connecting via email or through video conferencing technology such as SKYPE, Google Hangout or QQ International for example.
You will not earn credit points for your participation in the program but successful mentoring partnerships will be able to receive a Certificate of Completion and recorded on your transcript upon graduation. Transcript annotation will be carried out in week 16 of the final semester of your study program.
You will have successfully completed a mentoring partnership if you have completed each of these activities and recorded completion in the mentoring portal: Record mentoring goals (compulsory); record at least 3 meetings (compulsory); submit mid-partnership and end-of-partnership surveys (compulsory); record mentoring discussion notes in the Journals tab (optional).
You can send up to 2 partnership requests to 2 different mentors. You will be in a mentoring partnership with the first mentor who accepts your request.