FAQs – STUDENTS

 
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 year 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.
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.
We match you with a mentor, based on the information provided, relating to industry, career experience, subject area and more.

You also have the option of talking directly to the program administrator prior to matching to discuss your expectations what you would like to get out of the mentoring experience.
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.
Registrations for students will remain open until May 18. Please click here to register.
Registrations will be open until May 18.
 
  • We recommend at least 3 meetings with your mentor during semester. Meetings can be 30 minutes or longer, depending on the individual preferences
  • In addition, you may email your mentor (frequency can be negotiated with your mentor in your first meeting)
  • Attendance of a one-hour pre-program workshop during semester 1, to provide you with preparation for the mentoring experience
  • Between your meetings with your mentor, you will likely want to take some time to reflect on your discussions and to try to put some of the learnings or advice into action
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.
If you meet the eligibility for several Mentoring at Melbourne programs (e.g. STEM 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

 
Students are not automatically eligible for this program, they must apply and be accepted into the program.

Students:
  • Submit an application form and indicate their mentoring preferences
  • Attend a preparation workshop
  • Must be in a Science undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree, or an Engineering postgraduate degree
  • Can be studying any Science or Engineering discipline.
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.
Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and study areas.
To learn more about the range of degree programs and subject area - Science programs - Engineering programs.
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.
No, 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.
  • At least 3 meetings with the student
  • email correspondence with the student (frequency can be negotiated with mentee in your first meeting)
  • Optional attendance at mentor workshop
Registrations for mentors will remian open until early June.

Please click here to register to be a mentor.
Applications will open in April 2018 and will be accepted until 8 June. If you register after the application closing date, you may need to wait for the following year to be matched with a student, or consider mentoring as part of one of the other Mentoring at Melbourne programs.
Meetings can be held face-to-face, in a mutually convenient location, at times that you both agree on. Students and mentors are also given the option in the registration process to specify a preference for alternative meeting forms, including Skype, phone, or email, which would enable mentors outside of Melbourne to potentially mentor our students.
 
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