Friends and Mentors in Engineering

We want our students to have the best start to university life. From the moment first-year undergraduate students arrive on-campus, our peer mentoring programs connect them with peer mentors who will guide them through the first semester.

Mentees receive support in their transition to university life. They start university in a fun and supportive environment, building connections with their mentors, peers and faculty community, while learning tips about how to succeed and enjoy themselves in their first year.

Mentors are students in their second-year or above. They guide new students through their first year, sharing their knowledge and insights into the Monash experience. Mentors have the opportunity to attend professional development events, network with other student mentors, and develop crucial employability skills for their future career.

Peer mentoring is run in small groups, with one-on-one mentoring available to eligible students.

Share your knowledge about life at Monash while gaining important employability skills, and the opportunities to participate in career development events. You'll also be able to network with other like-minded student leaders in the program and make a positive impact on others.

We have mentoring opportunities for you at different stages of your student journey. You could be a peer mentor to new students, or a senior mentor to support other peer mentors. Peer mentoring is run in small groups, but you can opt in to provide one-on-one mentoring by completing the DSS 1:1 mentoring section in your application.

Peer mentor

Become a peer mentor and help guide new students from your faculty as they transition to university and settle into Monash.

Senior mentor

Become a senior mentor and help support peer mentors as they start their journey mentoring others.

Benefits

  • Be considered for the $4000 Monash Mentor Scholarship (check website for eligibility)
  • Receive priority access to professional development opportunities such as the Alumni to Student mentoring program.
  • Join our community of high-achieving Monash students
  • Develop your leadership, communication and teamwork skills
  • Meet and network with senior Monash staff, alumni, and community leaders
  • Your participation in the program is recorded on your Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement
  • Opportunity to make a difference to someone’s life
  • Gain experience for your resume

We’re seeking mentors and senior mentors who:

  • Have a desire to help new students get started and succeed at Monash;
  • Are willing to lead and support a group of current mentors (senior mentor role)
  • Are willing to talk about their own university experience;
  • Display strong interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Have the ability to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at an Australian campus (part-time or full-time study load)
  • A current undergraduate student within Engineering, or have recently completed undergraduate study in Engineering
  • Be in your second year of study or above
  • Be able to commit to supporting up to 20 commencing students through personal interactions (peer mentors)
  • Be able to commit to supporting up to 20 mentors (peer mentors) throughout the semester (senior mentors)
  • Be able to commit at least 20 hours volunteering throughout the program (programs run for one semester).

To apply:

  • As a new peer mentor or senior mentor, submit a written application through the new mentor application button.
  • As a current peer mentor or senior mentor applying for either a mentor or senior mentor position, submit a written application through the returning mentor application button.

Once you've applied, we'll be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application.

To help us find the best mentors to support you during your transition to university, tell us a bit about yourself by completing your mentoring profile - it’s quick and easy to do!

Position description

Engineering Peer Mentor (pdf, 0.66 mb)

As a new student, you’ll be grouped with other first-year students to receive mentoring support from a peer mentor in your first semester. One-on-one mentoring is available for eligible students.

Your mentor will be an experienced student from your faculty who can share knowledge and answer your questions about university life. They can show you where to find programs, resources and services at Monash, so you can have an enjoyable and successful first year.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a first-year undergraduate student

You'll soon be invited to connect with your Peer Mentors and a small group of other first-year students from your faculty. To get started, complete your Peer Mentoring profile form and we'll match you with your group.

Looking for the next step in student leadership? Become a Peer Mentoring Coordinator in your faculty!

As a Peer Mentoring Coordinator, you’ll be more involved in shaping the peer mentoring program for your faculty and will work closely with your senior mentor team to build engagement within the peer mentoring community.

In this role, you’ll be taking on a new level of leadership, guiding senior mentors and peer mentors in their roles to help new students transition to university and settle into Monash.

Benefits

  • Be considered for the $6000 Monash Peer Mentoring Leaders Scholarship (check website for eligibility)
  • Join our community of high-achieving Monash students
  • Further develop your leadership, communication and teamwork skills
  • Gain priority access to a variety of professional development opportunities including Mental Health First Aid, Employability skills and more.
  • Collaborate and network with senior Monash staff, alumni, and community leaders
  • Your participation in the program is recorded on your Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement

We’re seeking Coordinators who:

  • Have a desire to shape and strengthen the Peer Mentoring program
  • Display strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills
  • Have the ability to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at an Australian campus (part-time or full-time study load)
  • A current undergraduate student within Engineering, or have recently completed undergraduate study in Engineering
  • Be in your second year of study or above
  • Be able to commit at least 30 hours volunteering throughout the semester
  • Be able to commit to regular meetings with the Central Peer Mentoring team

To apply:

  • Submit a written application through the Peer Mentoring Coordinator application button.

Once you’ve applied, we’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application.

Mentor testimonials

"The most rewarding parts of mentoring for me is bringing a smile to my mentees’ faces and helping them gain the courage to work through problems and succeed at university. Being a mentor has also helped me reflect and better understand my strengths and weaknesses, which will help in my future career."

- Alexandra Bortolussi, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Testimonial: Trinity Woodman and Cheryl Batagol

Trinity Woodman was in her final year studying the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, Economics and Applied Mathematics when she joined the Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program. She wanted a mentor who could support her in deciding what career path would suit her passions and interests when she graduated. She was matched with Cheryl Batagol, who is the Chair of the Environment Protection Authority for Victoria and was keen to provide a helping hand to others and give back to the community.

Trinity and Cheryl met every few weeks and had an immediate connection. At their first mentoring session, Cheryl helped Trinity formulate three goals for the year:

  • To connect with industries and understand their similarities, differences and her interests in each.
  • To develop a 5-year career plan.
  • To get a job.

During the program, Trinity and Cheryl discussed Trinity's interests, potential career paths, decision making, work-life balance, management and interview techniques. Cheryl introduced Trinity to her contacts in different industries who were happy to talk to Trinity about their organisation, its values, culture and where she could fit in. Cheryl recognised Trinity had strong leadership potential and helped her confidence grow.

"I see Trinity as an outstanding leader though she does not necessarily recognise this. I wanted to her to see that leadership is not a position in an organisation, rather it is achieved through developing capabilities and exercising those capabilities every day in every situation," Cheryl said.

With Cheryl's help, Trinity successfully secured a position in the Victorian Public Service's Graduate Program, where she will be an analyst in the Department of Treasury and Finance. Trinity sees this as a good fit for her and she is looking forward to her future there.

"I now see work in the perspective of achieving an ultimate purpose rather than as a career path for achieving a salary. Through developing my skills, networks, and capabilities I hope to eventually change something big for the better," Trinity said.

Important Dates

Mentor applications openMonday 15 August
Mentor applications closeFriday 14 October
Mentee invitationsFebruary 2023
Program commencesFebruary 2023

Program Contact

Mentoring at Monash
E: mentoring@monash.edu

Friends and Mentors in Engineering

Length: 6 months

Program type: Peer to Peer

Location: Clayton

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