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Within 2 weeks you will be informed by email that the Interviewee/Mentor has accepted or declined your request. If declined you will automatically be reactivated and should resume searching for another Mentor.
If you are unable to make contact with an Interviewee/Mentor after 3 attempts please contact the Career Mentoring Coordinator. Include your contact details so we are able to provide further assistance.
You will make the first contact with the Interviewee to arrange a suitable time to conduct the interview. You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner, observing confidentiality and only asking career related questions. You should follow up the interview with a written thank you.
As the Mentee
As a Mentee you are expected to foster the relationship with your Mentor by taking a professional and proactive approach.
Initial contact to arrange a time and method will most likely be by email. The interview could be conducted via a face-to-face meeting or by telephone.
Career Mentoring relationship
Contact can include face-to-face meetings (including work visits or coffee catch-ups), emails, and telephone calls or facilitated work exposure within the industry.
Prepare a list of career questions you wish to ask before conducting the interview.
Questions could include:
To be an Interviewee
Interviewees are Alumni who have expressed an interest in sharing their professional experiences with students.
To be a Mentor
Mentors are Alumni with at least three years’ experience in their career field, or area of expertise that are keen to volunteer their time mentoring and sharing their professional experiences with students.
The Mentor is also required to have:
Although your Mentors have volunteered to be involved in this program they are busy professionals. If you have tried contacting your Mentor via phone and email for three-four weeks and have had no response, contact the Career Mentoring Coordinator who will assist in the process.
No, a Career Information Interview or Career Mentoring relationship is not an application for work experience or a job. Some people do get offered work experience or a job as the result of Career Information Interviewing or Career Mentoring; however, this should not be expected.
Initially you should communicate, in a professional and sensitive manner any problems you are experiencing within the relationship to your Mentor.
Make Career Mentoring Meaningful document (66 KB) provides valuable advice on managing your Career Mentoring relationship.
Failing this you should contact the Career Mentoring Coordinator for assistance.
If you have achieved all your goals or have other compelling reasons to discontinue the Career Mentoring relationship, you can do so at any time, however you must notify your Mentor and the Career Mentoring Coordinator within 7 days of your intention to do so.
Deakin maintains a range of insurance policies that cover students while they are involved in the service. For more information on the policies, please refer to the insurance website.
There is no limit on the number of Career Information Interviews or Career Mentoring relationships you can undertake. You can only be in one Career Mentoring relationship at any given time.
There are a number of on-line resources to provide further information and help. You can access these via the helpful links.
You can also contact the Career Mentoring Coordinator directly.