Students

Info for Students

Are you interested in understanding more about what life will be like once you graduate? Would you like to get more advice and guidance about how to begin your career?

It can be daunting to think past the end of your degree and what you might be doing next. What does your future career actually look like in reality? Should you undertake further study? How will you navigate applications and interviews?

Being mentored is a powerful tool for you to make connections and receive guidance to help enhance your employment outcomes. Through workshops and one-to-one meetings, students participating in the program can increase their professional networks, understand work and learning experiences in practice, and work with their mentor to help identify and develop a career strategy post-study.

“My mentor provided lots of practical suggestions for my study and occupational planning. Also, his passion and professional knowledge for public health deeply encouraged me. Thanks for giving me this opportunity to meet an awesome mentor!”
– Student, 2019 program

Applications for the 2020 program will open on Friday 29 November 2019.

Student FAQs

  • What might I expect to gain from joining the mentoring program?

    Each mentoring match will be different. How your mentoring relationship evolves depends on you and your mentor documenting clear goals and strategies for achieving them. However, you can expect to be involved in some of the following:

    • Exposure to expertise and experience
    • Goal setting and decision making
    • Career planning and professional development
    • Discussion about the challenges of being a professional clinical practitioner
    • Working through problems from a new perspective
    • Introduction to the Australian professional environment
    • Starting to establish a professional network within your chosen profession
    • Assistance with practical advice that will help you find a job
  • When does the program run?
    • November 2019 – March 2020: Recruitment for both students and alumni
    • March: Matching Process
    • Late March: Students and alumni will be notified about the outcome of their application and introduced to their partner online.
    • Early April: Commencement Event (date TBC)
    • April – November: Students are encouraged to organise meetings with their mentor. These can take place in person or online.
    • August: Drop In Event (Date TBC)
    • November: End of Program Celebration
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for the program?

    Final year students (those who graduate at the end of 2020, or mid-2021), who are enrolled in the following courses are eligible to apply:

    Bachelor of Oral Health

    Doctor of Dental Surgery

    Doctor of Medicine

    Doctor of Optometry

    Doctor of Physiotherapy

    Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

    Master of Clinical Audiology

    Master of Nursing Science

    Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)

    Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

    Master of Public Health

    Master of Social Work

    Master of Speech Pathology

  • What are the responsibilities of a student?

    To get the most out of this program students need to be open minded and willing to be proactive and accountable for their own professional development. Students are responsible for:

    • Leading the mentoring relationship. You are expected to initiate the first contact and organise all meetings and communication with your mentor
    • Being reliable - honour your appointments and commitments with your mentor
    • Communicating openly and freely
    • Defining and expressing what you wish to gain from the mentoring relationship
    • Providing feedback to your mentor
    • Sharing your thoughts and ideas about the profession, entering practice and your future aspirations
    • Actively seeking your mentor’s opinions
    • Commit to at least five meetings with your mentor between April and November 2020. The exact nature and frequency of these meetings can be determined between the student and mentor and may include a Skype call, informal meetings over coffee, attending a public lecture together, and much more. Meetings take place at a location and time most convenient for you and your mentor.
    • Attend on-campus program events at the beginning, middle and end of the program.
    • Complete three feedback surveys (beginning, middle, end)
    • Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct at all times
  • How do you decide which students are selected for this program?

    Participation numbers may be limited to the number of mentors that are available. Applications will be assessed on a variety of criteria including student need, response to the application questions and suitability to the available mentors. Not all applications will be successful, and this will be at the discretion of the MDHS Mentoring Team.

  • How will I be matched with a mentor?

    We will match you with a mentor based upon commonality in your applications. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.

  • Can I choose my mentor?

    No, we will match you with a mentor taking into consideration the preferences and interests you have provided on your application form. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.

  • Where will I meet my mentor?

    Mentor/student meetings need to be scheduled at a location and time suitable for both parties. However, it is preferable that students work around the mentor’s schedule. Please note, there is no requirement for mentors to meet you on campus.

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