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Become a peer mentor

Business

The Peer Mentoring Program aims to develop leadership skills by connecting established current students with incoming Business School students starting in Welcome Week and spanning the first 8 weeks of semester. Mentors meet with a small group of first year students to show them around, answer their questions and provide them support as they start at the Business School.

We recruit undergraduate mentors for Semester 1, and postgraduate mentors for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. Registrations for Semester 2, 2022 are now open.

What’s involved

Mentor roles are volunteer positions. You will be allocated 10 to 15 students to mentor and can work either individually or in teams. Both online and on campus options are available.

As a mentor, you need to commit about 20 hours to the program. You are required to:

  • complete online pre-training activities, due Thursday 14 July, 2022
  • attend training, one half day session, held on Thursday 21 July, 2022
  • attend Welcome Week events on Tuesday 26 July 2022 (for undergraduate groups) or Thursday 28 July 2022 (for postgraduate groups)
  • meet with your students at least two additional times during the course of the program (between Weeks 1 and 8)
  • keep in touch with your students and be available to respond if they contact you (method of contact to be decided by the group at your first meeting)
  • submit reports.

At your training, you will be given a manual with information on your mentor role.

As a peer mentor you will receive free training in group leadership and communication skills. You will get a certificate of recognition from the Business School when you complete the program and will have the opportunity to attend a tailored workshop on how to effectively add your experience to your resume and interview repertoire.

Eligibility

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If you have any questions, email the Student Experience Programs Coordinator at business.mentoring@sydney.edu.au

You are eligible to apply if you are completing a course at the Business School and have completed at least one semester of study.

You need to be enthusiastic and committed to providing support to the students you are mentoring for the first eight weeks of semester.

How to register

Each year we recruit undergraduate mentors for Semester 1, and postgraduate mentors for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. Semester 2 applications are now open.

Training

You need to attend a compulsory training session and complete online pre-training activities as outlined below.

In the online pre-training session, you will find out about the program activities, roles and responsibilities, and key dates. We will also review some of the key skills for mentoring in the Business School, and services available to students both within the Business School and the University. The training will take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.

In the face to face training session (held either online or on campus), look at what you need to do to be a great mentor, and plan our Welcome Day and semester activities. We'll look at some practical ideas and options for meetings, discuss how students will register for the program, and review how to access useful information about services and activities around campus.

If you can’t attend training due to illness or another serious factor beyond your control, you may still be able to participate in the program in a supporting role. Email us at business.mentoring@sydney.edu.au as soon as possible to discuss your options.

What happens next

Welcome Day

Welcome Day arrangements may differ depending on your cohort and these will be discussed at training.

On Welcome Day, you will meet your mentees (either virtually or in person) in a small group setting where you can answer any questions and share your knowledge of the University. You will create a meeting schedule, discuss preferred methods of communication and provide a tour of the University. We will discuss these aspects during your training.

Group meetings and activities

You are required to organise at least two additional meetings per semester. This should occur within the timeframe outlined by the Mentoring Program.

We encourage you to organise additional meetings and events for your mentees, although this is not compulsory. These activities help you build a rapport with your mentees and build their confidence in meeting other students.

Effect of COVID-19 on the Peer Mentoring Program

We are planning to have an on-campus and online stream for peer mentoring in 2022. Students who are currently not in Australia are welcome to take part as mentors in the online stream.

If you would like to take part in the online stream, you will need reliable internet on the day. We will make sure there are computers on campus available during scheduled activities if you need them.

Last updated: 10 June 2022

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