As a Griffith College graduate, you are in an excellent position to encourage and guide other alumni and students who are seeking support along their career path. Your knowledge, experience and insight will help those looking for a mentor to maximise their Griffith College experience and open their eyes to the opportunities and challenges in the workplace. You, in turn, will benefit from developing new skills in coaching and leadership.
Become a mentor today and make a wonderful contribution to someone’s life. Go to the Griffith Alumni Network and make sure that in your profile, you’ve updated your “Willing to help” options.
A mentor is a trusted advisor who provides directed guidance. Mentors can be experienced professionals who have agreed to share their skills, knowledge and experience. Alternatively mentors may be recent graduates who are willing to share their experience of successfully finding employment. No matter their experience, a mentor’s greatest achievement is helping those looking for a mentor to achieve their highest capability.
There are many reasons to become a mentor:
Network: It is an opportunity to share insights and to develop your personal network and your professional skills. As well, you can help perpetuate, grow and strengthen Griffith College’s global alumni network.
Give back: It is an opportunity for you to give something back to someone who will benefit from your knowledge and advice to enhance their career development.
Evolving workplace environment: You will gain a fresh perspective on the challenges facing students and graduates in the workplace.
Develop your skillset: You will improve your leadership and communication skills.
Build tomorrow’s community of successful professionals: When you serve as a mentor, you form significant, rewarding relationships that prepare students and other alumni to be better employees and leaders, and motivate them to support the next generation of students.
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 make yourself available just for reviewing resumes or you can offer advice. It’s up to you and the person you're mentoring 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 become a mentor, please follow these steps:
1. If you are a first-time user of the Griffith Alumni Network, login here. If you need help logging in, please go to the support page. When you land on the “How are you willing to help?” page, tick the “Willing to Mentor” option and select what your mentoring preferences are. Then click the “Get started” button.
2. If you are already registered on the Network but want to update your mentoring profile, login to the Griffith Alumni Network. Click on “Me” in the top tabs and then “Update your profile” at the far right
You can then change your mentoring preferences here:
If someone would like you to be their mentor, you will receive an email with a mentoring request. To accept or reject it, click on the “Accept/reject” button and follow the instructions. You are in control of who you choose to mentor. If you are receiving several requests, you might want to change your profile options or set clear parameters around what types of people you are seeking to mentor.
Be open to relationships with someone looking for a mentor regardless of whether they are interested in your specific sector – valuable guidance can come from all career paths.
Listen without evaluating or judging.
Ask questions and share expertise.
Assess existing skills and help identify skill gaps.
Focus on actions that will achieve the goals of the person you're mentoring.
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 person you're mentoring.