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5 reasons to become an allied health mentor


16 November 2017


As an allied health graduate, you have the knowledge and experience highly valuable in building this diverse community. By becoming a mentor, you can use these skills to make a real difference to the next generation of future health leaders.

Here's five reasons why being a mentor is a great idea.

1. You can make a meaningful difference to someone's future career

You know what it's like to make the first step into the workforce, and you know the traps to avoid. Sharing your experiences can help a student stand out in the competitive job market and enhance their career.

Chieu Phan has been a mentor and knows the benefits of sharing the experiences he has gained as as a graduate and sports physiotherapist can bring to students. "I was able to guide my mentee towards a more direct and targeted approach and help them avoid some of the mistakes I have made."

2. You can give back to your profession and create a stronger allied health network

Occupational therapy graduate, Michelle Wykes, had reached the stage of her career where she wanted to do something to enrich her profession. She found that mentoring was the perfect fit. "The program was a really valuable process for me as it allowed me to step out of my regular routine while also passing on my skills and knowledge to someone starting out in their career."

3. You can help students see value in their skills

Mentors can navigate their mentee on their professional journeys and help them have confidence in their skills.

As a mentee, Rebecca Mekdessi learned a lot from her mentor. "The support of a mentor prepared me for the workforce and gave me a deeper understanding of the expectations, roles and responsibilities in the occupational therapy field."

Rebecca has now found her ideal role as a paediatric occupational therapist in a private practice and, after experiencing firsthand the benefits of having a mentor, she is inspired to pay it forward.

4. You can build your leadership skills and learn from your mentee

Developing your leadership and coaching skills can help you progress into management or senior roles.

You will also learn from your mentee, who will keep you up-to-date on trends in social-media and give you other generational know-how to help you stay ahead of the curve in a constantly changing job market.

"Being a mentor consolidated my knowledge and allowed me to test and re-evaluate myself as a clinician. I didn't expect that I would also learn new perspectives from my mentee," says Chieu.

5. You can expand your professional networks and make industry connections

More than half of previous participants say they intend to continue their mentor relationship beyond the program.

"The program has been a really valuable experience for me and my mentee. We developed a great relationship and are still in contact and talking about useful ideas," says Michelle.


Want to learn more about how you can get involved?

The program runs for six months from April through to the end of September. As a mentor, you will:

  • participate in the program launch event where you will meet your mentee and outline their goals for the program
  • attend at least three face-to-face meetings with your mentee
  • complete a mid-point check-in in and end of program evaluation

Applications for the program are now open.


For more information visit our website or email the Alumni Engagement Team at alumni.healthsciences@sydney.edu.au