MPA Mentorship Program

The MPA mentor program provides new postgraduates with guidance on surviving and thriving at Monash, as well as offering an avenue for meeting other postgraduates and expanding your social circle.

Once you have been matched with a second year postgraduate mentor, the two of you will meet regularly to discuss anything and everything! Meetings can be in cafes, bars or campus lounges – whatever works for you and your mentor. This is a great way to find out all the local information, get some tips on how to get the most out of your postgraduate experience and for international postgrads, work out what those colloquial phrases mean!

The mentor program is designed to be flexible to suit everyone's schedules and needs. Once you’ve spent a year with your mentor you’ll be ready to volunteer as a mentor yourself for the next postgraduate intake!

For mentees

Mentee expectations

  • Your mentor to keep in touch with you regularly through your agreed means of communications. Mentees should also take the initiative to contact their mentors when they feel the need arises
  • Respect your mentors personal time
  • Mentors can give advice based on their own experiences regarding academic, social, cultural issues. If your mentor tells you they cannot give certain advice this must be respected. Mentors will refer you to a relevant advice service within the University for issues beyond their jurisdiction.

For mentors

Postgrads interested in mentoring submit their expression of interest directly to mpa-events@monash.edu

Mentor duties

  • Serve as a leader and role model for your mentees.
  • Take a genuine interest in the personal and academic well-being of your mentees as well as their aspirations and goals.
  • Provide mentees with useful information based on your own experiences at the University to help them with their own journey, whilst remaining objective in any advice you give.
  • Commit to meet with your mentees in person once a week for the first three weeks of semester.
  • Demonstrate empathy and understanding in assisting with mentee adjustment to postgrad life and identifying their individual needs.
  • Commit to keeping in touch with your mentee throughout the semester via a mutually agreed upon form of communication i.e. e-mail/skype/in-person/phone/social media.
  • Attend the initial mentor training and the speed-mentoring event.
  • If you feel the needs of your mentee go beyond your duties as a mentor, inform the MPA of the situation in the first instance and refer your mentee to the relevant advice service.

One-off mentor mandatory training day

There will be a one day training program run by Alison Richardson from the Business School. This is a good opportunity to meet with the other mentors and to bring up any questions you have about what's expected of you as a mentor. This training is mandatory for anyone who wants to join the program as a mentor.

Mentors will be asked to submit a short form outlining their agreed modes of communication and detailing their provisional sessions.   

Mentors will be entitled to a certificate and reward upon completion of 10 hours of mentoring

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"In my first semester, I found the mentor program to be extremely beneficial and love that I can now give back through this program!"