Career Mentor Link matches professionals with students, providing an opportunity for students to benefit from the industry knowledge and career experience of their mentors.
This one-on-one mentoring program is run in conjunction with faculties and aims to:
Students (mentees) are encouraged to seek advice and information about their career direction and employment goals while mentors share their industry skills and insights and take an active interest in the career development of the student.
The Career Mentor Link program is always seeking professionals to mentor, support, guide and encourage UWA students. Your role as a mentor is vital to program's success and the University would value your participation as one of more than 400 mentors a part of the annual program.
The journey of a mentor
Your journey as a mentor commences in March and April when we match you with a student based on their career interests and study to your own industry experience. Many of our matched mentors and mentees meet for the first time at the Career Mentor Link Launch Breakfast held in early May. During your first meeting we ask you to sign an agreement that sets out the goals and meeting or contact schedule for the duration of the mentoring relationship.
Throughout the following six months until the program formally ends in October, there is opportunity to attend on campus workshops, panels and networking events.
During the entire program fortnightly communication provides mentors with support and guidance as well as support by request.
The benefits of being a mentor
By participating in Career Mentor Link as a mentor you are likely to:
- Gain personal satisfaction from knowing you’ve made a difference to someone else’s career development;
- Enhance your “personal skills” such as leadership and communication;
- Widen your professional networks;
- Hear fresh perspectives from your mentee;
- Increase your organisation’s profile at UWA.
Overseas mentors or mentors outside of Perth
Professionals who are based outside of Perth are still encouraged and welcomed to join the program as a mentor. Mentees within the program may sometimes be looking to work abroad, interstate or return home after their studies. These students and students who are genuinely interested in global matters are often seeking mentors outside of Perth for a different perspective.
Our mentors currently reside across Australia, Asia, Europe and the US.
Register to be a mentor or more information
If you are interested in becoming a mentor you can register now via our website. Click Register and then mentor to start curating your profile. If you have questions about the program please contact the program coordinator, Ryan Whiddett via email or calling +61 8 6488 2258.
Mentor training (optional) and information sessions (optional) are generally scheduled during January and February. Mentor registrations are accepted year round however matches generally take place during March only.
The mentoring relationship will focus on identifying your career goals and developing your job-seeking skills. They are not work experience or paid employment programs.
By participating in either program you are likely to:
What makes a good mentee?
At a minimum, mentors and mentees are expected to:
The Career Mentor Link and OceanWorks Women in Engineering programs run from May to October each year.
Expected time commitment
Both programs runs from May to October each year. The amount of time involved is not onerous and usually involves monthly contact - either face-to-face contact and/or email and phone contact
Career Mentor Link is available to any student (undergraduate or postgraduate) currently enrolled at UWA who has completed at least one year of undergraduate study. Ideally you should be enrolled for the full academic year.
OceanWorks Women in Engineering
The OceanWorks Women in Engineering is a joint initiative between the UWA Careers Centre and the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. It is open to female students currently enrolled in an undergraduate Engineering Science major or the Master of Professional Engineering.
Mentors in the Women in Engineering program are female.
The OceanWorks Women in Engineering program runs within the Career Mentor Link making information on this website is relevant for this program.
Mentee expressions of interest for the 2019 program will open in February 2019, students interested in the program can follow our Facebook page for updates or check again on this website for updates.
Proudly supported by Fluor Australia Ltd (Principal Partner) and Visagio (Major Partner). And we welcome new sponsor OceanWorks | Part of the Woodside FutureLab Network as sponsor of the Women in Engineering Program.
I relished the opportunity to offer my experience, especially since I didn't have anything like this to guide me more clearly into my profession.