The most frequently asked questions about the Career Mentor Link program relate to the following topics.
- Postgraduates, mature-age or honours students
- One semester only
- Join in second semester
- Graduating mid-year
- Work experience program
- Mentoring agreement
- Due dates for mentoring agreement
- First meeting with my mentor
- Difficulty contacting my mentor
- Getting on with my mentor/student
- Early finish to program
- Withdrawing from the program
The program is open to all students at UWA who have completed at least first year of an undergraduate degree.
Career Mentor Link runs over the academic year from April to October. You are unable to participate in the program for only one semester as there isn't enough time to achieve realistic goals. Plus events and activities are structured around a year time-frame and mentors commit their time for the full year.
You cannot join the program in second semester as it runs over the academic year from April - October.
If you are graduating mid-year but want to continue in the mentor program, contact the program co-ordinator.
Career Mentor Link is not a work experience or paid employment program but a mentoring structure that encourages professionals to assist with the career development of future professionals. The program is about career development, rather than on-the-job training.
To fulfil the University's insurance requirements, neither a mentee nor a mentor can receive any form of payment for participating in Career Mentor Link.
The mentoring agreement performs a few different functions:
- It is a document to be referred back to by mentor and student to check whether or not your goals are being met.
- It provides a way for the Careers Centre to know what you and your mentor have agreed to.
- It is also important for insurance purposes.
This signed document becomes a contract saying that you understand and agree to abide by the guidelines and procedures of the program.
Due dates for mentoring agreement
Ideally we collect the mentoring agreements at the breakfast launch. However, if you or your mentor is unable to attend this function you need to have this document completed and back to the program coordinator by an agreed date.
If your mentor does not attend the breakfast launch you should contact them using the contact details we have supplied. You need to make the initial contact with your mentor as soon as possible to arrange a time to meet. At this first meeting you need to cover the following:
- review your goals and priorities, consider the suggested activities in the guidebook and agree upon three goals your mentor will assist you in achieving over the course of the program
- discuss the roles and responsibilities of mentor and mentee as outlined in the manual
- decide on a preferred method of communication (such as phone or email and how often)
- arrange next contact
- read the guidelines and procedures of the program as outlined in the manual
- complete and sign a mentoring agreement.
Sometimes you may find it difficult to contact your mentor. You need to realise that although your mentor has volunteered to be involved in this program they are busy professionals. If you have tried contacting your mentor by telephone and email for three-four weeks and have had no response, contact the program coordinator for assistance.
We understand that personality types can play a large part in whether a mentoring relationship works. However, in the working world you will be required to work with people no matter what their personality. Therefore, in the first instance, don’t just give up, try to make the relationship work. This may involve keeping any contact strictly goal related, asking direct pre-prepared questions and communicating by email. If you have tried these strategies and your relationship is still not working, contact the program coordinator. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to match you with another mentor/student, however there is a No-fault Clause in the program allowing you to withdraw at any time without any blame attached.
If you have achieved all your goals from the program then it's fine to finish the program early. Make sure you have reflected back on your goals with your mentor/student to ensure both parties agree that there is nothing more to be achieved through the relationship. Let the program coordinator know so we can update our records. We will ask you to complete an evaluation survey at that point.
If your personal circumstances change and you can no longer participate in the program, that's fine. A No-fault Clause allows withdrawal from the program without any blame attached. However, please advise your mentor/student and let the program coordinator know.