Information for Students
What does a career in a particular field actually look like?
Having a mentor will help you look to the future as you plan for life after graduating. You may have questions such as:
- Should I undertake further study?
- What type of jobs/roles should I be applying for?
- Should I travel or volunteer?
- How are my skills transferable?
- What are people looking for in industry when recruiting staff?
During this exciting time being mentored provides you with insights into the professional world and helps you to expand your knowledge of career options and plan for life after study.
As a mentee you will gain insights into your future career and your chosen industry. Understand how your studies and skills gained at University will transfer to the workplace and develop your professional network and build your personal and professional confidence.
Mentees will be matched with mentors based on career outcomes or area of expertise following a rigorous application process.
Applications for 2019 now closed
If you would like to discuss the program in greater detail or have any questions about the application process please contact:
Arts Career Mentor Program Coordinator
The benefits of having a mentor⇩ Mentors challenge, motivate, inspire and empower you to pursue your goals.
- Find out about alternative career paths and options post-study
- Learn from a professional about how to successfully adjust to the working world
- Develop your career plan and align your goals to your values
- Gain confidence and a career direction
- Increase your confidence in networking and your professional communication skills
- Improve your chances of securing a job or graduate admission by developing a professional CV and practicing your interviewing technique
- Be more informed about graduate study and career options
The structure and matching process⇩ This program is facilitated by University staff who will support you and your mentor throughout the program.
The Arts Career Mentoring Program is designed to connect current Bachelor of Arts students with University of Melbourne alumni. The aim of this program is to offer guidance and support on a range of topics from career planning, making the most of University life and preparing you for the real world.
- Program runs from July - October
- Successful students are matched with an alumni mentor
- Meet three times over the course of the program
- The frequency and length of meetings are negotiable with your mentor
- Participants sign off on a mentoring agreement which outlines your proposed meeting schedule and mentoring goals
- Participants will have the opportunity to meet other mentors and mentees through networking events
When matching you with a mentor we will take into consideration:
- Your personal preferences - recorded via the application form
- Whether your preferences match with registered mentors
- Your motivations for participating in the program
- Your level of commitment to the program
- Your current year level - students in their final year are given first preference
Eligibility Criteria⇩ Only students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a mentor in this program.
To be eligible for the Arts Mentoring Program students need to:
- Be enrolled in second or third year Bachelor of Arts
- Submit an application form by the application deadline
- Attend one of the compulsory preparation sessions
The Mentee's Role⇩ The success of a mentoring partnership is dependent on a mentee's commitment to engage with their mentor.
- Being available between July and October to meet with a mentor
- Meeting three times between July to October
- Taking responsibility for the mentoring relationship which includes initiating and managing the mentoring 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
- Keep shared information confidential
- A relationship built on mutual trust, respect and professionalism