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Become a peer mentor

Business

The Business School Peer Mentoring Program is all about forming connections between new students and their older peers. The program matches senior student mentors with a small group of first year students during Welcome Week (the week before semester starts). You will meet with your group during their first weeks at University and maintain email contact for the duration of the program. The program runs for the first eight weeks of semester.

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

Effect of COVID-19 on the Peer Mentoring Program

At this stage, we are planning to have an on-campus and online stream for peer mentoring in 2022. Due to the evolving return to campus plans, including the potential opening of international borders to students, we will confirm arrangements in early 2022, and you will have the opportunity to confirm your participation then.

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 early 2022, 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.

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.

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

  • complete online pre-training activities, due Wednesday 26 January, 2022
  • attend training, one 2.5 hour session, held on Wednesday 9 or Thursday 10 February, 2022 (you will be allocated to one session)
  • attend Welcome Week events on Tuesday 15 February 2022 (for undergraduate groups, details to be confirmed) or Wednesday 16 February 2022 (for postgraduate groups, details to be confirmed)
  • 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.

Additional benefits of being a mentor

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

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. Apply using the links at the top of this page before Friday 19 November (stuvac).

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

Training

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.

Training sessions

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), 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.

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.

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.

Last updated: 25 November 2021

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