How to join
The mentoring process is about refreshing mindsets, self-reflections, evaluation and a commitment to change. You should be prepared to act on your new learning and make decisions about how to modify your actions, your thinking and your approach to others.
You can be a continuing, fixed term, full or part-time academic staff member. If you are located on rural and remote campuses, you can still connect with your mentor through Skype, email and over the phone.
To submit an expression of interest in becoming a mentee, please address the following in your application:
- What specific areas would you like to have your mentored experience? Reflect on and discuss your professional or career goals.
- Why are these areas of interest to you?
- What you would like to achieve and how may it contribute to your professional and/or personal development?
Mentors need to have the resources and capability to contribute positively to the growth of a mentee. You do not necessarily require technical expertise or need to be from the same professional or discipline area as the mentee.
In many circumstances, the personal qualities of a mentor make a big difference: being a good listener, capable of encouraging and creating opportunities to realise hidden talents and wanting to help women to develop, overcome issues and support them in achieving real outcomes.
Secondly for mentoring to be effective, sponsorship needs to be a significant feature of the mentoring relationship whereby the mentor can draw on their influence and networks to gain some advantage for the women they have agreed to mentor. This advantage may be in the form of additional resources or career opportunities.
Fill out the online expression of interest form for mentors
1. Mentee and mentor matching will be conducted by the recruitment team and approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management), the Director, HR and the Staff Equal Opportunity Officer.
2. Both parties will be requested to sign an agreement, which sets out the terms of the mentorship. This will cover matters such as:
- Objectives and anticipated outcomes
- reciprocal confidentiality and privacy
- frequency of meetings
- no fault termination
3. Workshops for mentees, workshops for mentors and a combined workshop will be conducted in April 2013.
You will need to attend two of these workshops. If you are on a rural campus we will make arrangements to suit you, either through teleconferencing or helping you to travel to a closer campus.