RMIT’s Industry Mentoring Programs have been revamped, with the introduction of a new online platform that makes it even simpler for students and mentors to come together.
The cloud-based system gives students and mentors more control over their mentoring match and makes it easier for participants to maintain their mentoring partnerships.
Students and mentors can create their own mentoring profiles, select a mentoring partner based on shared attributes, and manage their online or face-to-face partnership though in-built reminders and other features.
The system also supports the growing number of students and mentors keen to take advantage of the benefits of career mentoring.
Dean of Students, Professor Owen Hughes, said the initiative was part of RMIT’s overarching vision to support highly skilled, globally-connected and work-ready graduates.
“Getting one-on-one guidance from experienced industry professionals is invaluable for our students as they head out into the workforce and launch their careers,” Professor Hughes said.
“But our mentors also benefit from the opportunity to develop their coaching skills and discover new talent for their organisations.
“The changes we are making this year aim to strengthen and expand the program to deliver more benefits to participants and continue to support the employability of RMIT students.”
More than 370 RMIT students took part in industry mentoring last year, with almost 90 per cent of mentors coming from RMIT’s alumni community.
Director of Advancement, Melissa Smith, said the support from RMIT’s alumni had exceeded expectations and she looked forward to seeing that continue to grow through the new online platform.
“Our alumni community has been incredibly supportive of this initiative, going above and beyond to open doors for RMIT students to networking, internship and employment opportunities,” Ms Smith said.
“With more than 300,000 RMIT alumni around the world, a growing network of global industry partners, and 82,000 current students, we look forward to the continued success of the program in 2015.”
Registrations are now open for RMIT students in the final stages of their degrees, and alumni and industry professionals to register as mentors.
Each mentoring partnership runs for 12 to 24 weeks and registrations are accepted on a rolling basis.
If you’re an RMIT alumnus or industry professional, find out more and register to be a mentor.
If you’re an undergraduate student in the final stages of your degree, register to be mentored through the program.