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Why do mentors participate?

Can anyone be a mentor?

You do not need any formal training to be a mentor in the Career Mentor Scheme, however mentors should typically have at least five years experience in their chosen profession. This is a guide only as some mentors have over twenty years experience whilst some have as little as three.

New in 2017 – Early Career Mentor Program. We are now inviting mentors who have between 1-5 years relevant industry experience to join our Early Career Mentoring Program. This program is designed for second year students (not in their penultimate year) to gain mentorship from a ‘next-step’ mentor who can share their experience and advice on how to best use their next three years at university to increase employability skills and enhance industry knowledge. The Early Career Mentoring Program will run throughout Semester One with a networking event to be held mid-year. Registration is as outlined on the Registration page.
This exciting new initiative sees us invite recent graduates and early career professionals to the mentor scheme who have expressed interest in participating in the scheme.

All new mentors are provided with a booklet with information on mentoring, tools for mentoring and strategies for developing the mentoring relationship. New mentors have the opportunity to attend an induction session with the Career Mentor Scheme Coordinator who is also available throughout the year to advise and assist mentors.

What are the time commitments?

The Career Mentor Scheme officially runs from March until October each year, and as a general guide, mentors and students make contact for about one hour each fortnight. This may vary during busy times and each pair will determine their own mentoring schedule based on their individual availability. Contact may include face-to-face meetings, emails or telephone calls.

Please note: The Early Career Mentor Scheme will run in Semester One only. You are welcome to keep in touch with your mentee beyond this time if you are both willing.

When does the Career Mentor Scheme begin?

The main round of matching commences in week 2 of Semester 1 after all student briefings are completed. This continues throughout the semester. A limited round of matching commences at the beginning of Semester 2 at the beginning of July. Matching will continue throughout the year until approximately late October.

Please note: The Early Career Mentor Scheme will run in Semester One only. You are welcome to keep in touch with your mentee beyond this time if you are both willing.

Which disciplines are involved?

The Career Mentor Scheme seeks to match students with industry mentors from all disciplines taught across all three QUT campuses. Some disciplines may have limited mentors available, however mentors are always being recruited for all discipline areas to grow and expand the Scheme.

Why do students participate?

Benefits students have reported include:

The Career Mentor Scheme is not a work experience program, and no promise of employment is made or sought in a mentoring relationship. However, work experience may result from the mentor relationship and QUT insurance will be able to cover students for the duration if this eventuates.

What is the time frame for the Career Mentor Scheme?

The Career Mentor Scheme runs from March until October each year.

Please note: The Early Career Mentor Scheme for second year students will run in Semester One only. You are welcome to keep in touch with your mentor beyond this time if you are both willing.

Is this work experience?

The QUT Career Mentor Scheme is not a work experience program and no promise of employment is made or sought in a mentoring relationship. However, work experience may result from the mentor relationship and QUT insurance will be able to cover students for the duration if this eventuates.

Are students insured while taking part in the Career Mentor Scheme?

The Career Mentor Scheme is not a work experience program, and no promise of employment is made or sought in a mentoring relationship. However, work experience may result from the mentor relationship and QUT insurance will be able to cover students for the duration if this eventuates.

Insurance for the QUT Career Mentor Scheme covers students undertaking site or office visits and unpaid work experience at their mentor’s place of work, or in a work setting organised through their QUT mentor.

Work experience and/or site and office visits must be related to the student’s field of study and supervised either by their mentor or by someone appointed by their mentor. QUT carries the following insurance policies that are relevant to student's activities within the Career Mentor Scheme.

• Public Liability
• Professional Indemnity
• Personal Accident
• Medical Malpractice

For more information on the policies, please refer to the insurance link on the QUT Career Mentor Scheme website.

When will I be notified of my match in the Career Mentor Scheme?

Matching of mentors and students is done manually and commences in Week 3 of Semester 1when all student briefing sessions are completed. Mentors and students are notified by email as soon as they are matched.

How am I matched with a mentee in the Career Mentor Scheme?

Matching of mentors and students is a manual process that is carried out by the Career Mentor Scheme Coordinator. Matches are made based on the information provided by mentors and students in their registration forms. Students are matched with the mentor who best aligns with their professional interests, taking into account the mentors qualifications, experience and areas of expertise. When this is not possible students are matched with mentors based on their selected discipline.

I do not feel that my interests align with the professional interests of the student I have been matched with in the Career Mentor Scheme.

To discuss this further, please contact the Career Mentor Scheme Coordinator at mentor@qut.edu.au.

What level of involvement does QUT have?

QUT offers support by providing a Coordinator who manages the Career Mentor Scheme throughout the year and is available to advise and assist mentors. The Career Mentor Scheme Coordinator is you main point of contact for the Scheme and will keep you updated through the year. Please contact the Career Mentor Scheme Coordinator via email mentor@qut.edu.au or telephone 07 3138 2687.

What benefits are offered to mentors in the Career Mentor Scheme?

As a small thank you for supporting our students through the Career Mentor Scheme, mentors are granted visitor access to QUT resources including access to on-line databases and library borrowing rights.

Access will be available for each year a mentor participates in the Scheme from April to March the following year. New mentors are able to activate their access rights from April onwards in the year they commence mentoring. The Coordinator will email new mentors with their username and password details and information on how to activate their access.

Access will be available each year a mentor participates in the Scheme. On withdrawal from the Career Mentor Scheme, access to QUT resources will be discontinued. Access is given to mentors on the proviso that they are supporting their QUT mentee for approximately one hour per fortnight. Access will be withdrawn from mentors who fail to fulfil their duties as a QUT mentor.

Mentors must provide their personal details (including a date of birth) to the Career Mentor Scheme Coordinator via the mentor registration form.

By participating in the Career Mentor Scheme, what terms do mentors agree to?

By agreeing to participate in the Career Mentor Scheme as a mentor, mentors agree to the following terms, that they:

• Posses no relevant criminal convictions, past or present;
• Will adhere to the QUT Code of Conduct
• Confirm that all information provided in their mentor registration form is true and correct;
• Will respect the privacy of their QUT student mentee;
• Understand that QUT can terminate the mentor agreement at any time, without specifying a reason.