Information for Mentors
The Arts Career Mentoring program matches current second and third year Bachelor of Arts students with members of the University’s alumni community from any discipline area. An Arts degree equips students with a broad range of skills and participation will expose students to a diverse range of careers.
Mentoring a student allows you to provide insight, leadership and career guidance to the future employees of your industry. Familiarising students with your career path and life perspective can be transformational for a student. Mentors also provide inspiration and support, assisting students in forging their own way on campus and in the world as they plan to transition from study to their own career paths.
You will have a positive impact on the next generation and mentoring can provide a new perspective on your own career and give you the opportunity to further develop your leadership and coaching skills.
Mentors in this program need to be alumni of the University of Melbourne, currently employed, with at least one year of professional work experience.
This is an opportunity to give back to the University of Melbourne community and shape the future of industry and we welcome you to join us on this journey.
InterestedMentors will be matched with mentees based on career outcomes or area of expertise following a rigorous application process.
Express your interest to become an Arts Mentor by completing our expression of interest form and we'll get in touch with you regarding next steps. You don't need to have studied with the Faculty of Arts we accept alumni mentors from any study area.
The benefits of mentoring⇩ Mentoring is often a rewarding experience and a chance to reflect on your own journey, skills and knowledge.
- Enhance your coaching and leadership skills
- Develop a fresh perspective on your career
- Extend your professional network
- Help to shape the future of your profession and community
- Connect with the next generation of graduates
- Support your mentee to identify and achieve their career goals and develop in confidence
- Reconnect or develop closer links with the University of Melbourne
The structure and matching process⇩ This program is facilitated by University staff who will support you and your mentee throughout the program.
- The program runs from June to October
- Participants are encouraged to meet three times over the course of the program
- The frequency of meetings is negotiated between mentor and mentee in the initial meeting
- Students are responsible for the relationship and will initiate the first contact
- Meetings can take place where and when it is convenient for you
- Option to participate in networking events with other participants
- Option to extend the relationship at the end of October
When matching you with a student we will take into consideration your personal preferences, which are recorded via our registration form and through any discussions with you prior to the start of the program. Students also submit mentoring preferences which are taken into consideration when matching participants.
What should I expect from my mentee?⇩ A beneficial and rewarding mentoring relationship is often dependent on a mentee's initiative to engage with their mentor.
As a general guideline, we expect that mentees will:
- Initiate communications with their mentor after a match is made
- Meet the general meeting requirement for the program (three meetings)
- Consider topics of discussion and questions before each meeting
- Be punctual to meetings
- Communicate regularly and promptly with mentor (based on agreement)
- Honour commitments
- Be respectful of the mentoring relationship and communicate in a courteous manner
- Keep shared information confidential
The Mentor’s Role⇩ Mentors challenge, motivate, inspire and empower their mentees.
Mentors empower students to make positive changes in their lives. The role of the mentor is to work with the mentee to identify where they need greater insight and understanding. Mentors need to be open to sharing their personal experiences and knowledge. It is through this exchange that students develop a better understanding of the professional world and the ability to make informed decisions on career paths and strategies post–study.
- Provide guidance to students around self-reliance, motivation and confidence
- Provide insight into particular professional fields and networks
- Provide a safe place for discussion without judgement
- Challenge assumptions and preconceptions about career paths and how to succeed
- Encourage self-directed reflection, analysis and problem solving
Preparing for the mentoring experience⇩ We provide all new mentors with guidelines and an opportunity to participate in an optional face-to-face professional coaching workshop at the start of the program.
Workshops are held in the weeks prior to the program and details will be provided via email to mentors closer to the start of the program.
For any mentors unable to attend the workshop please view our mentor preparation video below: