FAQs – STUDENTSClick here to view a presentation on how to navigate the mentoring system.
⇩ Can I choose my mentor?
The program coordinator will match you with a mentor. You will not be able to choose your mentor, however we do take into consideration the preferences provided on your application form. If you have any questions prior to the matching process, please speak directly to the program coordinator.
⇩ How do you decide which students are matched with a mentor?
To be accepted into the Program you need to meet the eligibility criteria. You also need to submit a detailed application form, which articulates how your motivation for participating in the program aligns with the program objectives.
Each semester we have a pool of volunteer alumni mentors from a diverse range of backgrounds. We match students and mentors based on preferences, including industry, study area, gender and any other criteria indicated. If your preferences do not match the available volunteers or you did not submit a detailed application you may not be matched with a mentor.
⇩ I want a mentor from a particular background/gender/industry is this possible?
It is possible, however the aim of the mentoring relationship is to expand your knowledge of career options and the working world. Often you can still learn a lot from a mentor in another field of work so we ask mentees to keep an open mind.
While you can be prescriptive when completing your application form, please note, if you are very particular about the characteristics and field of work of your mentor it may limit your chances of being matched with an alumni mentor.
⇩ Am I an Access Melbourne or Graduate Access Melbourne student?
The Access Melbourne scheme assists undergraduate domestic students whose circumstances in secondary school may have prevented them from achieving the best possible ATAR, to gain entry to the University of Melbourne.To have been awarded an Access Melbourne place you needed to have indicated during the admission process, for your current course, that you met one or more of the following criteria:
- Disadvantaged financial background
- Applicants from rural or isolated areas
- Completed Year 12 in a school identified as under-represented in the tertiary sector (see a list of under-represented schools)
- Students who have been prevented from reaching their full educational potential because of ongoing difficult circumstances, either due to family or other life circumstances
- Students with a long term disability, impairment or medical condition that has affected their studies
- Students from a non-English speaking background
- Indigenous Australians
- Mature age students without qualifications from the past seven years
⇩ Where will I meet my Mentor?
Meetings need to be scheduled at a location and time which is suitable for both parties, however it is preferable that Mentees work around their Mentor’s schedule. Please note there is no requirement for Mentors to meet you on campus, and in fact we would encourage you to meet your Mentor at their workplace or a location nearby.
⇩ Can I apply for more than one mentoring program?
If you meet the eligibility for several Mentoring at Melbourne programs (e.g. Faculty of Arts and Access Connections) you can go ahead and register for both programs. Please note that means you may potentially be matched with two mentors.
FAQs – MENTORS
⇩ How will I be matched with a student? Can I choose a student?
We match you with a student, although please be assured we carefully screen and select students for this program to ensure your mentee is committed and prepared for the experience.
You also have the option of talking directly to the program administrator prior to matching to discuss your expectations, qualifications, work history and what you would like to get out of the mentoring experience.
⇩ What is the deadline to apply?
Although we accept mentor applications any time of the year, we prefer Mentors to register by the end of February in order to allow time for matching in April 2019. If you register after this date you may need to wait for the next intake in 2020.
⇩ What is the time commitment?
- Program Information Session – 30 mins - 1 hour (either face to face or via our mentoring preparation video)
- Adhoc email correspondence with student (frequency can be negotiated with mentee in your first meeting)
- 3 or more meetings of 30 mins - 1 hour
- Networking events (optional)
⇩ I want to mentor a student from a particular background / gender /course. Is this possible?
Yes, though in some cases we may not have students who meet your requirements. If this happens you can choose to wait until the next intake and will have the option to indicate this on the registration form. Please note, if you have registered in advance we will contact you two months before the next intake to check if you are still available to be a mentor.
⇩ How are students selected for the program?
Students are not automatically eligible for this program, they must apply and be accepted into the program.
⇩ What are the backgrounds of students?
The Access Connections Mentor Program selects participants from a pool of students who have been identified as under-represented. This is a broad definition which includes students who have been identified as having come from one of the following backgrounds:
- Disadvantaged financial background
- From a rural area or under-represented high school
- Experienced difficult circumstances
- Have a long-term disability or medical condition
- From a non-English speaking background
- Indigenous Australian
- Mature age without recent qualifications
⇩ Do I need to come on campus?
There is no requirement for you to come onto campus, however you have the option to attend workshops and networking events if you wish. Meetings with your mentee need to be scheduled at a location and time which is suitable for you.