Career mentoring community registration

I don't have any family or friends who have completed uni, and so it's been helpful having someone to look up to and guide me through any queries I may have and when I'm not sure who to turn to.

Jessica* didn't have anyone else to turn to for assistance and really appreciated her mentor's support

How Career Mentoring helps

Our students lack professional contacts working in their field of interest. Career mentoring is a specialised role where a student is matched with a Career Mentor already working in their field. The Career Mentor can share firsthand knowledge about the industry and how to gain work experience and, in some cases, can even connect students with a wider network of professional contacts.

For university graduate Karen, her supportive career mentor Kate has been a wonderful resource, confidante and friend.

"Kate [my mentor] was the first lawyer I'd ever met. Through her I've learned exactly what type of lawyer I want to be." Karen, Learning for Life student

Important information for applicants

If you feel your skills and career background are aligned with one of the students listed below, all you need to do is fill in the form and click 'submit' to apply.

Pairs meet a minimum of twice a semester and maintain regular contact via email or phone contact during the year. Pairs might also be invited to attend career transition activities and events hosted by The Smith Family.

To become a Career Mentor you will need to:

  • Have current industry experience in student's specific career interest and field of study
  • Complete an online volunteer application form and supply a copy of your resume
  • Consent to undergo screening which will include a National Police History Check and reference checks
  • Attend an interview and a training session with us
  • Maintain regular contact with us to discuss any issues which may arise
Case study photo of student Abdul

Available Students

Student ReferenceStateLocationGenderGender PreferenceArea of StudyIndustry / Career Goal
 NSWAuburnFemaleFemaleEducation / ChildcareTeacher
 71EN65608 NSW
 Taree* Female No Preference Health Services / Nursing / Medical Science EMT
 15EN20278 NSW
 Wagga Wagga* Female No Preference Beauty / Makeup Beautician
 66EN21676 QLD Rockhampton Female No Preference Legal / Policing / Government Lawyer / Paralegal
 2459064 QLD Sunnybank Hills Female No Preference Community / Social Work / Welfare Social Worker / Youth Worker
 43EN59228 VIC Roxburgh Park Female No Preference Health Services / Nursing / Medical Science Speech Pathologist

* (Prefers Local Mentor)

Career Mentoring application

Please complete the form below to express interest in volunteering as a Career Mentor with The Smith Family. The information collected below is used to process your application.

If you experience any issues in submitting your application, please call our Volunteer Coordination Unit on 1300 397 730 or email [email protected] for assistance.

* mandatory fields

My Details
Date of birth *
Applicants must be over 18 years of age
Do you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian?

If you have an individual Smith Family ID, please enter it so that we may collate your application. (if known)
About Me

Your answers here are used to help assess whether this is the right volunteer opportunity for you. Please use drop down lists where supplied. Free text fields have a 1,000 character limit. Please do not enter special characters. (e.g. & - @?)

Please select the answer which best applies
Please explain in a few sentences why you’d like to volunteer with us in the role you’ve chosen (i.e. what appeals to you about the opportunity)?
Please provide a brief summary of your experience relevant to your preferred student’s area of study or career interest? You have an opportunity to attach a Resume/CV below with more details.
Please explain in a few sentences the experiences you have relating to young people.
Please upload files in either .doc or .pdf that are less than 10MB in size.
My Mentoring
I have checked the requirements and I am available for at least two sessions per semester *