Become a New to Curtin mentor
Becoming a New to Curtin mentor gives you the opportunity to help new students, as well as develop valuable skills for your studies and future work. You’ll be assigned a small group of students who are starting out in a similar area of study, and you’ll keep contact regularly to answer their questions, provide support and advice, and help them navigate their first semester at Curtin.
To become a New to Curtin Mentor, you need to:
- Be a currently enrolled student who has completed at least two semesters in the area you wish to mentor for.
- Have a proactive and positive attitude with a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Be a good communicator and able to relate to new students.
- Be confident, willing and able to assist others without compromising your own academic studies.
- Be reliable, trustworthy and able to maintain appropriate boundaries.
If you’re interested in being a mentor for the UniReady Enabling Program, you need to have successfully completed the UniReady Enabling Program and at least one semester of study in your course.
If you’re interested in being a mentor for Student Exchange, you will need to have been on an exchange program through Curtin.
How to become a mentor
Applications for Semester 2, 2020 are now closed.
If you are thinking about becoming a New to Curtin Mentor, we are currently taking Expression of Interest for Semester 1, 2021.
Applications for Semester 1, 2021 are due to open in mid-Sept, 2020.
- Receive comprehensive training in the role and develop leadership, interpersonal, communication and cultural competency skills.
- Enhance your employability skills and your resume.
- Develop your organisational and time management skills.
- Develop your ability to build productive and collaborative networks.
- Support the success of fellow students and the university.
- Gain formal recognition from Curtin via the Curtin Extra Certificate when you graduate.
There are a range of expectations that form your role as a New to Curtin Mentor.
- Complete the program training requirement, check-in tasks and end of semester evaluation.
- Maintain contact with your mentees throughout the first semester or year of their study through email, appropriate social media platforms, and/or face to face meetings. This involves continuing to contact mentees at least once a fortnight during the semester, regardless of lack of response UNLESS a mentee has provided a written/emailed request to be removed from communications.
- Participate in your school’s Orientation Week program and contact your mentees within three days of being given their details.
- Participate in activities which enhance the sense of community at Curtin.
- Attend or otherwise participate in occasional meetings of the mentor group with your school mentor program coordinator.
- Comply with the role boundaries of being a mentor as described in the mentor training.
- Respect the confidentiality of private information about mentees.
- Behave in a manner consistent with the Student Rights and Responsibilities, Code of Conduct, and with the Student Charter and in compliance with other relevant Curtin policies as described on the Curtin Policies website.
- Report suspected unethical or criminal behaviour to the Integrity and Standard Unit (ISU) at Curtin. You may seek assistance with this from Student Wellbeing.
- Refer concerns or conflicts arising in the mentoring relationship to the New to Curtin Mentor Program Team.
- Disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest relating to your mentoring role to the New to Curtin Mentor Program Team as soon as it arises.
- Not seek any form of remuneration from mentees in your role as a mentor.
- Advise the New to Curtin Mentor Program Team in a timely manner of your need to change your involvement in the program or if any of the information above changes.
“It was great helping people feel happier to be at university and encouraging them to talk about their interest in their studies.”
“It felt great being able to give back to the Curtin community and I feel like I actually made a difference. I have become more confident in my ability to communicate and being a mentor has made me realise how much I have learned since starting at Curtin (what felt like common knowledge to me was actually new to all of my mentees).”
“Not only did mentoring enhance my leadership skills, it also allowed me to improve my time management, communication and interpersonal skills. I’ve also learnt a lot about my surroundings I would otherwise have never known. The main two skills I have developed from this experience are effective communication and utilising leadership skills.”
Read about our mentors from 2017. These mentors were acknowledged by the students they mentored.