About the Scheme
The Career Mentor Scheme provides the opportunity for industry professionals to invest in tomorrow’s real world professionals.
Once you become part of the Career Mentor Scheme, you will be matched with a student who will become your ‘mentee’ for the duration of the academic year (typically from April until November). The Scheme facilitates a relationship between mentee and mentor to assist the student’s transition from study in to the workforce.
Evaluations have consistently indicated the great benefits derived by both mentors and mentees, particularly in enhancing the student’s career development.
NEW in 2017!
Early Career Mentor Scheme – This year the Career Mentor Scheme is excited to announce the launch of the Early Career Mentor Scheme pilot which will match second year students with a ‘next step’ mentor with between 1-5 years industry specific. The mentor can share their experience and advice on how to best leverage their time at university to enhance career development, employability skills and enhance industry knowledge, ready for graduation.. The Early Career Mentoring Program will run throughout Semester One with a networking event to be held mid-year.
In the past, the QUT Career Mentor Scheme has only been open to mentors with at least 5 years of professional experience. We have had many inquiries from recent QUT graduates, past mentees and early career professionals who are eager to participate in the scheme. This pilot will allow us to welcome these individuals to our program to join the community of QUT Career Mentors and help us provide valuable and relevant services to our students.
Mentors and mentees have equal responsibility for the welfare and value of their relationship. Suggested responsibilities to facilitate this relationship are as follows:
- Acting as a source of information and/or insight into the occupational field;
- Counselling regarding career development or strategies for achieving professional goals;
- Assisting with personal goal setting and planning;
- Teaching specific skills including job seeking strategies and resume writing;
- Listening with an open mind, challenging and encouraging the exploration of ideas;
Encouraging professional behaviour;
Facilitating self-directed learning;
- Providing feedback on observed performance;
- Coaching for effective coping strategies.
- Taking time to contact and meet mentor, both in the initial stages and on an ongoing basis;
- Working to foster the mentoring relationship;
- Thinking about goals before meeting a mentor and being willing to openly discuss these goals with their mentor;
- Communicating expectations, needs and feelings;
- Developing a trust relationship and sharing concerns;
- Negotiating activities in order to obtain goals;
- Embracing learning and exploration with enthusiasm and commitment;
Being willing to listen and when appropriate take advice and also giving feedback on each session;
- Learning to accept feedback and use it positively.
For more information, see the Career Mentor Brochure (PDF 1MB)