Find a Mentor
Having a mentor can help you gain valuable advice and insights into your dream job, and can help you determine what skills you need to achieve your goals. You can benefit from having an experienced person who takes the time to listen to you and explore your specific development needs, be they career planning or expanding your professional network.
1:1 Connection: Starting a professional relationship with a mentor is an excellent way to get individualised support on your career goals and to receive insights and expertise from someone with experience in a particular sector.
Excellent and easy-to-use resource at your fingertips: There are currently more than 1,440 people on the Griffith Alumni Network who have volunteered to be mentors. You can find the right mentor for you by narrowing your search by industry, location, company and more.
Build your professional network: Alumni who volunteer to be mentors are very enthusiastic to share their knowledge with you. Through the Griffith Alumni Network you can build your professional network quickly.
Improve your personal marketing skills: Finding a job requires “marketing yourself”. You need to speak to your strengths, knowledge, problem-solving skills and so-on. A mentor can help you hone these messages.
Traditionally mentoring programmes have official start and end dates and tend to last for a significant period of time. But with our alumni programme, you set the terms of your mentoring relationship. You can search for mentors who are just available to review your CV or you can request mentors who are willing to share advice. Once you connect with a mentor, the important thing is to create the structure of the relationship that you want and to revisit that structure based on your and their needs and availability.
To get the most out of your mentoring relationship it’s best to agree in advance some ground rules, aims and goals, plus the length and frequency of contact. Hold an initial conversation to see if your mentoring match is the right one for you and is going to help you meet your goals or has the right skills. If not, don’t be afraid to politely say so up front with a clear reason why.
To find a mentor, please follow these steps:
Once you’re logged in, go to the “Directory” tab and search under the “Willing to help” criteria to find willing mentors. You can narrow your search by using other search criteria, such as how the graduate is willing to help, faculty/course, industry, etc. by ticking the boxes of interest to you.
When you find someone’s profile that interests you, click on “View Profile”.
After reviewing the profile, you can then request that they become a mentor by clicking on the “Request mentor” tab.
A message box to the potential mentor will open. This is the time to explain what you need help with and why you’d like to connect with this particular person.
The mentor you’ve selected will receive an email to accept or reject your request. Once they agree to the request, you will receive an email confirmation and you can then connect with that person by clicking on the “Send message” button.
Think carefully about what you want from the mentoring relationship. What are your goals? Are they SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound)?
Initiate and drive the relationship – don’t sit back, it’s a two way process.
Be open-minded and able to see a different perspective.
Be open to seeking mentors outside a specific subject or sector – valuable guidance can come from all careers and paths.
Be receptive to feedback.
Do not seek personal or career favours out of the relationship.
Take responsibility for yourself and your career development.
Understand what your mentor expects of you and allocate time and energy to the mentoring relationship.
Follow through on commitments.
We expect your mentoring relationship will be conducted primarily online through email (e-mentoring) and other digital channels (such as Skype), or via phone, as agreed with your mentoring partner. You may also have the opportunity for face-to-face meetings if you are conveniently located in the same town or city. Again, this is a relationship that is organised between you and the mentor.