Time commitment and responsibilities for everyone involved in the Career Mentor Link program.

  1. Expected time commitment
  2. Mentor responsibilities
  3. Mentee responsibilities
  4. Program co-ordinator responsibilities

Expected time commitment

The amount of time is not onerous and usually involves some email and phone contact and a few face-to-face meetings.

The program runs from April to October

At a minimum, mentors and mentees are expected to:
  • attend an introductory workshop (mandatory for mentees, optional for mentors) or read introductory material provided
  • attend the Launch event to meet each other (if both mentor and mentee are located in Perth)
  • maintain monthly contact by telephone, email, skype or face-to-face meetings. If both mentor and mentee are located in Perth then they should have at least two face-to-face meetings over the duration of the program
  • attend the end of program event (if both mentor and mentee are located in Perth)
  • complete and submit a mid-program evaluation (mentees only)
  • complete and submit an end of program evaluation (mentees and mentors).

Mentor responsibilities

The role of the mentor is to support, guide and encourage the mentee in developing skills and focus to make a successful transition from university to the workplace. Mentors are required to:

  • complete the Mentoring Agreement in conjunction with the mentee
  • agree on a regular, mutually convenient contact schedule
  • advise mentee if unable to attend scheduled meetings
  • observe confidentiality and personal boundaries
  • complete and submit program reports and evaluations by due dates
  • encourage exploration of ideas and facilitate self-directed learning
  • encourage mentee's strengths and help them work on their weaknesses
  • check on the effectiveness of the communication - are we connecting?
  • check on the effectiveness of the relationship - is the mentee making progress?
  • contact the Career Mentor Link co-ordinator if any concerns arise.

Mentee responsibilities

The student mentee must:

  • complete the Mentoring Agreement in conjunction with the mentor
  • agree on a regular, mutually convenient contact schedule
  • advise mentor if unable to attend scheduled meetings
  • observe confidentiality and personal / professional boundaries
  • be receptive to feedback and suggestions from the mentor
  • explore own strengths and weaknesses and set relevant goals
  • fulfil commitments as agreed or negotiate changes
  • complete and submit program reports and evaluations by due dates
  • take up opportunities for networking and building professional relationships
  • contact the Career Mentor Link co-ordinator if any concerns arise.

Program coordinator responsibilities

The co-ordinator will:

  • establish and monitor guidelines and procedures
  • match mentors and mentees as appropriately as possible
  • maintain regular contact (at least once a month) with mentees and mentors
  • deliver training for mentors and mentees
  • provide confidential advice and support to address any concerns that may arise in the mentoring relationship
  • organise activities and publicity to promote the program
  • obtain feedback, evaluate and report on program outcomes.