FAQs – STUDENTS

 
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.
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.
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.
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. 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

 
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.
We accept mentor applications from May - June. If you register after this 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.
  • 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
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.
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 or postgraduate degree
  • Can be studying any Science discipline.
Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and study areas.
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.
Registrations for mentors will open in early May. In the meantime, we are accepting expressions of interest.

Please click here to register your interest and to be kept informed of further developments in this program.
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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