Is this your first time studying at university? Are you feeling a little nervous? Having a mentor as you start your university journey can be a big help.
Mentoring and supporting our new students
All of our IT students are matched with a mentor in their first semester of study, as well as a few of your fellow Monash IT students. Together, they’ll help you get settled and connected as you begin your studies. Your mentors will keep in touch with you regularly, and help you get to know what's where, who's who, and the many fun activities you can do.
What will you get out of the program?
The IT peer mentor program is designed to give you:
- senior IT mentors to guide and assist you as you find your feet at Monash
- opportunities to meet like-minded people in a social setting
- lifelong friendships with fellow IT students
- support and encouragement
- a great start!
What’s expected of you as a member of the Peer mentor program?
The success of the peer mentor program depends as much on your mentor as it does on you. To ensure you get the most out of the program, you’ll be expected to:
- attend any meetings or catch-ups you have scheduled with your mentors
- maintain good communication with your mentors
- respect others in the program
- attend program social events
- get involved and give things a go.
Would you like to be a mentor?
Mentoring can be every bit as rewarding for the mentor as it can be for the mentees. All undergraduate industry-based learning students are automatically eligible to become a part of the peer mentor program, and may therefore be assigned a new student to mentor.
All other IT students must have a WAM of 60+ and have completed at least 1 year of study to be considered.
What's expected of our mentors?
Mentoring is an important responsibility. As a mentor, you'll be expected to:
- attend group training session held the week before Orientation-week
- participate and run program activities on Orientation Day
- maintain regular contact with your mentees and supervisor mentors during the first six weeks of the semester
- actively assist mentees as they start their university life
- actively promote and attend program social events (five per semester)
- participate in and assist with activities on Open Day.
A rewarding experience
Being a mentor is a rewarding experience – one that provides:
- a chance to develop your interpersonal and communication skills as you guide and assist new students
- opportunities to develop your leadership skills and talents
- the satisfaction that comes with helping others
- an opportunity to boost your CV through the experience and new skills gained – the program is registered with Student Futures
- the opportunity to form lifelong friendships with fellow students.