A gratifying experience
Stephen O'Brien, John Holland Group
'I get a lot out of the scheme. It has never been a one-way street. It's a chance to relive vicariously the fun and discovery of my own university years and share the youthful enthusiasm of some bright young person.'
For over two decades, our Career Mentor Scheme has given QUT students opportunities to build networks and relationships and obtain important real-world experience. It's also been a way for our alumni and the wider professional community to give back to QUT.
Earlier this year, the Career Mentor Scheme was put on hold to help us focus on transforming it, trialling the concept of using digital platforms to facilitate the scheme. The trial explored online mentoring software, allowing students to connect with a mentor at any time, from any location, through a variety of mentoring models. The results demonstrated great benefits for both students and industry mentors, and we are excited about the next phase.
QUT’s mentoring community has expressed its strong desire for the mentor program to continue during this time of redevelopment. Based on this feedback, and to be able to continue gathering information which informs the digital transformation of the scheme, the Career Mentor Scheme team is running a transitional mentor scheme with a focus group beginning in the latter half of 2019.
If you are interested in mentoring a QUT student please let us know so we can keep you in the loop.