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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.

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
    • Thursday 25 July 2019 (5 hours)
  • complete online training activities due Thursday 18 July 2019
  • attend Welcome week events, where you will meet the students you will mentor
    • Welcome day will be Wednesday 31 July 2019
  • 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 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 2019 are now closed. Applications for undergraduate and postgraduate mentors in Semester 1 2020 will open in September.

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 two compulsory face-to-face training sessions and complete some online training activities. In Semester 2, both sessions occur on the same day.

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 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.

You'll get your Welcome pack and mentor t-shirt at the 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 Canvas and will take 30–60 minutes to complete.

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 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.

Business School Peer Mentoring Program, Careers and Employability Office

Address
  • Careers and Student Experience Lounge
    Basement level, Abercrombie Building (H70)
Opening hours
1pm to 4pm, teaching weeks
Last updated: 12 June 2019

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