Become a peer mentor
**Program set to run weeks 1-7, Trimester 1, 2015**
Apply to become an Off-Campus Mentor in 2015. Please submit an expression of interest via the online application form.
A new group of nervous and excited students will commence studies in Trimester 1 at Deakin University in 2015 and the Faculty of Arts and Education would like to invite you to become a peer mentor, as part of our support program for both new students and those continuing who would like a bit of assistance.
By becoming a peer mentor you have the opportunity to assist first year students through their transition into life at university.
What is peer mentoring?
Peer mentoring programs are offered to students enrolled in courses in the Faculty of Arts and Education. These programs aim to provide support for international and domestic students in their transition into university life. As a Peer Mentor you will:
- Translate university language, programs and requirements for new students
- Provide a positive role model to new students
- Act as an information conduit between staff and students
- Help new students have a sense of belonging at university
- Refer students to appropriate services for support
What is required of a peer mentor?
In your role as Peer Mentor you are expected to meet the following obligations:
Maintain weekly contact via the program Cloud page, email, text or over the phone for the first six weeks of trimester.
Mentor Online Journal
All peer mentors must complete their Peer Mentor Online Journal after each week of contact with mentees. The journal provides an overview of what you have covered with your group as well as issues and challenges facing first year students.
Peer Mentors must:
- Maintain confidentiality at all times
- Be committed to the peer mentoring program
- Act in a professional and appropriate manner which sets a positive example to all students
- Notify the peer mentoring coordinator of any issues during the program
What are the benefits of being a Mentor to new students?
- The chance to "meet" new people and establish friendships
- Share (and build on) your knowledge of university life
- Utilise and enhance your personal and academic skills
- Enhance your personal and professional development
- Add skills to your CV this may assist with your future employability
- Enjoy the satisfaction of helping new students begin to cope with their new lifestyles.
Peer mentor training
We provide online training for peer mentors prior to trimester commencement.
At the completion of the program you will receive a certificate of participation and a gift card in recognition of your support of the program (in the past the value was $100). Please note that students must have successfully completed their role as Mentor to be eligible for the formal recognition mentioned above.
How do I become involved?
Apply now to become a Mentor in 2015. Please submit an expression of interest via the online application form.