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Become a peer mentor

Business

The Business School Peer Mentoring Program runs between Week 1 and Week 8 of semester. You’ll attend events during Orientation Week, as well as meeting with your group at least two more times during your first weeks at university.

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:

  • attend face-to-face training sessions and complete online training activities
  • attend Orientation week events, where you will meet the students you will mentor
  • meet face to face with your students at least two 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 have the opportunity to 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.

Mentor applications are now closed. A link to the application form will be provided here when applications open for Semester 1, 2018. 

Make sure you can attend the training dates listed on the registration form before applying.

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

Training

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

You need to attend two compulsory face-to-face training sessions and complete some online training activities. The time and date of the training sessions are outlined in the online registration form above.

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 first half-day session, you will find out about the program activities, roles and responsibilities, and key dates. You'll learn more about the mentor experience from some of our past mentors. We will also review some of the key skills for mentoring in the Business School.

In the second half-day session, we will be planning our Orientation 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.

You'll get your orientation pack and mentor t-shirt at the second training session.

Online training activities

After your first face-to-face training session, you’ll receive information about the online training activities. These will be based in Blackboard and will take 30–60 minutes to complete.

What happens next

Orientation Day

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

On Orientation Day, you will 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 to three 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.

Mentor reports

You need to submit reports online after meetings with your mentees.

Make sure you don’t include any confidential or identifying content. Information from your reports is used to identify common issues in the student cohort which can then be addressed. It also allows us to identify successes within the program.

Business School Peer Mentoring Program, Careers and Employability Office

Address
Room 202, Codrington Building (H69), Darlington Campus
Last updated: 20 June 2017

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