"I felt I had something to offer and was keen to assist. I recalled how valuable I may have found such a program during my time at UTAS."
If you are a graduate of the University of Tasmania or the Australian Maritime College, and have had at least 2 years' experience in the workplace you are welcome to become a mentor.
The Program launch is in early May (check this year's Key Dates on the homepage). After the launch, your student mentee should negotiate subsequent meetings with you through til the end of semester 2 (late October). At your first meeting after the launch you should discuss how often, and where, to meet. As a minimum, it is recommended that mentor matches contact each other at least once a month, so that they can establish a rapport. If you are based in the same location as your mentee and are able to meet face to face, your meetings might be 30-60 minutes, depending on your availability.
When your match has been finalised, you will receive an email. from the Coordinator with your student mentee's details. Your contact details will also be provided to the student.
Your allocated student will be briefed to initiate contact with you once your contact details have been exchanged by the Program Coordinator. If you are both based in Tasmania, your student will be asked to make contact with you prior to the launch event as confirmation of their commitment to the Program. If your student has not made additional contact within a month after the launch date, please email the Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
UTAS alumni are based all over the world! We welcome expressions of interest from alumni located elsewhere in Australia or overseas, including alumni who studied with UTAS as international students. With an increasingly globalised workforce, UTAS students can greatly benefit from learning about different cultural practices in overseas employment markets, as well as tapping into international professional networks. Mentors who are located outside Tasmania will normally connect with their student mentee by Skype and email.
Appropriate locations to meet include your workplace, on campus in either Hobart, Launceston or Cradle Coast (e.g. eating areas or flexible study spaces) or local cafes.
As with any request of this sort, you should feel comfortable agreeing to it. Consider whether you know enough about the student mentee to speak positively and knowledgeably about their professional behaviour and employability skills. It may be premature to act as a referee too early in the Program before you have got to know your mentee. However, note that student mentees should not view the Career Mentor Program merely as an expedient way of getting a referee, so if you have any concerns, please email the Coordinator at email@example.com or phone 6324 3101 to discuss further.
Certainly! You may request one or more students and work with each on a 1:1 basis. The Program also offers the opportunity for mentors to meet with small groups of students. For this format, a room can be made available on-campus (subject to timetable restrictions) if necessary, or you can meet at a local cafe or in your work environment.
Your mentor skills are valued on the basis of your own professional expertise and overall employment experience, not specifically because of the organisation for which you currently work, so this is not a problem, however, sometimes the change of work circumstances may affect a mentor's capacity to continue in the CMP. If you have any concerns about this, contact the Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coordinator primarily acts as a broker, providing a personalised mentee match on the basis of the mentor's stated interests and skills. The Program is designed to facilitate a connection between UTAS students and experienced professionals, without being overly interventionist or intrusive. The Coordinator will contact mentors mid-program (late July) to ensure that the mentoring process is proceeding successfully. All confirmed participants (both mentors and mentees) are provided with a program manual. This is intended as a loose framework to assist mentors and mentees, and is not prescriptive. It contains self-reflective exercise, suggested topics for discussion and journal sections for notes on mentoring meetings.
Career Mentor Program Coordinator
phone: 03 6324 3101
Authorised by the Executive Director, Student Centre
18 February, 2014