- Published: 08 December 2015
The 2015 Higher Education mentoring program has come to a successful conclusion with students praising the program for the positive impact it has had on their careers.
After a successful pilot program in 2014, the mentoring program for higher education students was held again over the last six months of 2015.
This program carefully matched industry-related professionals (mentors) with students (mentees) in a partnership based on professional interests, experiences and areas of speciality.
It supports students’ formal academic training by providing a link to the profession in a structured and tailored way.
Participating student Steven Abordaje said he joined the program because he wanted a change for his career and himself and was hoping this program would help him pick the right path for success.
“At the start I was full of doubts but my mentor has helped me in lots of ways. He helped me fix my resume and as a result of that I then got a new job as a café manager and now that I have completed my studies I am looking to open my own ‘hipster’ café in the future,” Stephen said.
Student Eliza Dickinson said that when she came to the program she was unsure what to choose out of events, hotels or hospitality.
“From the moment I met my mentor, Kate has been nothing short of inspiring. She has taught me about the industry and made my passion really grow. Kate has taught me so much including helping me with styling case studies, how to improve my resume and some job interview techniques. Our relationship will continue beyond the program. I highly recommend other students take up this opportunity next year.
Careers and Engagement Advisor Daena Ristevska said, “This program is another way we connect students and industry. It allows students to develop their professional identities, undertake career exploration, and develop relationships within the industry and the wider community.”