Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Even Oprah. She might be a billionaire but even Oprah needed a mentor, someone to rely on for advice and guidance. For Oprah, that person was the poet, singer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
Speaking after Angelou’s death in 2014, Oprah told ABC News that she considered Angelou her “mentor, mother, sister and friend. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life," Winfrey said. "The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her."
While not all of us go on to become billionaires - we all need that helping hand somewhere in our careers. That’s why we are launching the Griffith College online mentoring programme to all of our alumni and graduating students. And we need you.
What is the Alumni Mentor Programme?
This programme brings together students/alumni and alumni/alumni using an online platform that allows people from different graduation years, regions, academic programmes and sectors to connect.
Why become a mentor?
Share insights. Develop your professional skills. Give back to others. By volunteering to mentor, you can use your unique experience and skills to provide career guidance and support to a current student or an alum.
But I don’t have the time!
No time, you say? Then consider a “flash mentoring” relationship where you just offer to help someone on a one-off request, such as advice on their CV.
A bit of time? Help someone prepare for an interview: give a sector overview and stage a mock interview.
Lots of time? Find someone who wants a longer-term relationship with a mentor.
At the end of the day, you and the mentee will set the terms of your engagement; the alumni team won’t get involved at all.
How can I be a mentor when I live on the moon?
All you need to become a mentor is an Internet connection. The mentoring sign up is done online through the Griffith Alumni Network.
Sign me up!
If you’ve already joined the Griffith Alumni Network, you just need to log in and update your settings to show that you’re “Willing to help”. The instructions to join the Network and update your settings can be found here.