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Become a peer mentor

Business

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.

Due to physical distancing requirements, the Business Peer Mentoring and Welcome Program will take place online in Semester 2. The training program and Welcome Day activities will take place on Canvas and Zoom. Additional meetings between mentors and mentees will still be required online, using a platform that is most convenient to group members.

If you would like to take part, 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.

Students who are currently not in Australia are welcome to take part as mentors.

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 training activities, due Friday 7 August 2020
  • attend online training on Zoom
    • postgraduate: Thursday 13 August 2020
  • attend Welcome Week events, which will be held online on Canvas
    • undergraduate Welcome Day: Tuesday 18 August 2020
    • postgraduate Welcome Day: Wednesday 19 August 2020
  • meet online 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 are:

  • in at least the second year if you’re an undergraduate student
  • in at least the second semester if you’re a postgraduate student.

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.

Applications for postgraduate mentors in Semester 2 2020 are now closed.

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. The date of the sessions are outlined above and in the online registration form. Make sure you are able to attend training before applying.

If your application is successful, we will also email you to confirm information about the training sessions you need to attend.

You need to attend a compulsory online Zoom training session and complete online training activities.

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.

Training sessions

In the online 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 online Zoom 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.

What happens next

Welcome Day

During your training, we will discuss the time and meeting place for mentors at Welcome Day.

Welcome Day dates differ depending on your cohort and is outlined above and in the online registration form. Make sure you are able to attend before applying.

On Welcome Day, you will virtually meet your mentees and collect their contact details. You need to keep a record of these details for future use and send a copy to the Mentoring Program Coordinator. 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: 04 July 2020

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