The USQ Career Mentoring Program runs for a period of five months from May to September. At the end of this time, the mentor and mentee may elect to finalise their mentoring relationship or continue it on an informal basis.
In January and February, industry professionals are invited to register for the Career Mentoring Program. As part of the registration process, mentors are requested to provide a professional profile outlining their education and experience. These profiles are published on a password protected web page for students to access.
Students are able to complete an 'expression of interest' for the program on CareerHub in late March to April, where they can nominate their preferred mentors from the professional profiles provided. Wherever possible, students will be matched with at least one of their preferences however the Career Mentoring Program coordinator will determine the final allocation of mentee to mentor.
Once the matching process is complete, mentees will be provided with the name and contact details of their mentor. It is the mentee's responsibility to initiate contact with the mentor and "drive" the mentoring relationship. The frequency and form of the meetings should be discussed when first contact is made.
Upon commencement of the Career Mentoring Program, both mentors and mentees will be provided with a copy of the Career Mentoring Manual. The Career Mentoring Manual contains information designed to guide participants through their mentoring journey. There are also a number of forms which mentees must complete in order to gain formaI recognition for their participation in the program.
Throughout the program, the program coordinator will be at hand to assist with any questions or issues that may arise.