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 and 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 mentees for the 2020 program is now open. Students interested in taking part in the program should apply here.
Students interested in taking part in the program should apply here.

Please note that to be accepted into the program, students will be required to register for one of the compulsory STEM Industry Mentoring Program: Mentee Webinars. Please check the website for available webinar dates to secure your place.
 
  • 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 should be undertaken online via a mutually convenient online platform.

Mentees: you should arrange to schedule these meetings with your mentor at times that you both agree on.

It is our recommendation that meetings take place online using web conferencing software such as Skype and Zoom
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 graduate 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 exact 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, and can also take place online for example, by video conferencing.
  • 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 training workshop
  • Optional attendance at Welcome Reception (for all mentors and mentees)
Applications are made online. Applications for each year's program typically open in April. Prior to applications becoming available, you can register your interest online to be kept informed of when the application process is open. Information on this is on the 'For Mentors' page.
Applications will open for new mentors in April of each year, and close at the end of May. 

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed. Applications for the 2021 program will open in early 2021.

You can submit and Expression of Interest for the 2021 program, and we will email you once applications open.

SUBMIT EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Meetings should be undertaken online via a mutually convenient online platform, and scheduled at times that you both agree on. It is our recommendation that meetings take place online using web conferencing software such as Skype and Zoom.
 
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