Career Mentor Scheme Brochure - QUT Careers and Employment

Career Mentor Scheme Brochure - QUT Careers and Employment

CAREERS AND in tomorrow'sreal world professionals

Career Mentor SchemeThe Career Mentor Scheme provides the opportunity forindustry professionals to invest in tomorrow’s real worldprofessionals.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 fromApril until November). The Scheme facilitates a relationshipbetween mentee and mentor to assist the student’stransition from study in to the workforce.Evaluations have consistently indicated the great benefitsderived by both mentors and mentees, particularly inenhancing the student’s career development.What is a mentor?A mentor acts as a guide, a source of information, and asounding board for their mentee, offering guidance andencouragement in their chosen field of expertise. Studentswill typically seek help in looking at long-term career goals,advice on study options and view the mentor as a casestudy of someone else’s career to date.How can mentorssupport students?• Providing information and insight in to industry• Building networks• Career development advice• Encouraging professional behaviour• Assisting with goal setting and planning• Linking education to the real world

What benefits do mentorsreceive?• Enhancement of leadership and interpersonal skills• Personal satisfaction and self development• Source students for employment• Networking opportunities• Establish or maintain links with QUT• Access to QUT resourcesSharingInspiringEmpoweringChampioningAdvisingSupportingNetworkingMentoringChallengingEncouragingDevelopingListeningGuidingCoachingMotivating

Frequently asked questionsCan anyone be a mentor?You do not need any formal training to be a mentor,however mentors should typically have at least five yearsexperience in their chosen profession. This is a guide onlyas some mentors have more than 20 years experiencewhile others have as little as three.What are the time commitments?The Career Mentor Scheme officially runs from April untilNovember each year and, as a general guide, mentorsand students make contact for about one hour eachfortnight. This may vary during busy times and each pairwill determine their own mentoring schedule based on theirindividual availability.In what form does contact usually take place?Contact can include face-to-face meetings (including workvisits or coffee catch-ups), emails, telephone calls, Skypeor facilitating work exposure within the industry. Each pairwill negotiate the type of contact which will work mosteffectively for their mentoring relationship and schedules.What if I can’t give the student work experience?Work experience is not an automatic part of the CareerMentor Scheme and no promise of employment is made orsought in a mentoring relationship. However, mentors arewelcome to offer work experience to their mentee and QUTinsurance covers students if this eventuates.Are students covered by QUT insurance?QUT maintains a range of insurance policies thatcover students while they are involved in the CareerMentor Scheme. For more information on the policies,please refer to the insurance link on the Career MentorScheme website.What level of involvement does QUT have?QUT offers support by providing a coordinator whomanages the Career Mentor Scheme throughout the yearand is available to advise and assist mentors.

What do mentors say?Being a mentor provides the satisfaction of being able topass on my passion for the industry to the next generation.Elizabeth Main, Nursing MentorI have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction and believe that itis a mutually beneficial experience. I believe the program hasenough flexibility to work well for all parties and I have foundthe meetings personally rewarding and very constructive.Sue Loan, Psychology MentorIt is rewarding to provide mentees with knowledge abouthow the industry operates and assist them with their futurecareer plans—as they say you always learn from your ownmistakes so if you can pass that knowledge on to someoneelse it may just assist them in making the right moves thefirst time around.Cherriee Ludemann, Law MentorIt is reassuring to discover that there are some very brightand dedicated students who will make a very positivedifference to their communities during their career.Malcolm Duce, Accounting Mentor

How do I become a mentor?Registrations for the Career Mentor Scheme aremanaged through CareerHub.To register:1. Visit and create an account as an individual.2. Complete the Mentor Registration Form on the lefthand menu.3. Set up your mentor profile using this form and submit.Who do I contact for moreinformation?Career Mentor Scheme CoordinatorPhone +61 7 3138 2687Fax +61 7 3138 2368Email No. 00213J© QUT 2011 17520QUT is committed to sustainability. By using this 100%recycled Australian Made paper we are assisting LandcareAustralia restore old landfill sites throughout Australia.

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