The Business School Peer Mentoring Program runs for the first eight weeks of semester. As a mentor, you'll be allocated a small group during Welcome Week. You will meet with your group during their first weeks at University and maintain email contact for the duration of the program.
We recruit undergraduate mentors for Semester 1, and postgraduate mentors for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. Applications for postgraduate students have now closed.
Due to physical distancing requirements and the closure of the international border, the program will take place online (on Canvas and Zoom) as well as on campus (subject to NSW Health Order requirements).
Students who are currently not in Australia are welcome to take part as mentors in the online stream.
As the situation is evolving rapidly, you can register your interest now and you will have the opportunity to confirm your participation in mid-July 2021, when plans are finalised. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unique situation.
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.
Mentor roles are volunteer positions. You will be allocated 10 to 15 students to mentor and can work either individually or in teams.
As a mentor, you need to commit about 20 hours to the program. You are required to:
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.
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.
Each year we recruit undergraduate mentors for Semester 1, and postgraduate mentors for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. Applications for postgraduate students have now closed.
If you have any questions, email the Student Experience Programs Coordinator at email@example.com.
Training dates are different for each cohort and you will be allocated to one session. Make sure you are able to attend training before applying.
You need to attend a compulsory training session and complete online pre-training activities as outlined below, and we will confirm the arrangements with you as we confirm details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to discuss your options.
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 training session, we will consolidate knowledge on support services, and plan our Welcome Day 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.
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.
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.
If you have trouble getting students to participate, try to gently encourage them. You can’t force participation. Inclusion is important as most students are new local or international students and may be nervous about starting university or coming to a new country.