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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
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Career mentoring


Help a young person in need to succeed

Studying at TAFE or University has traditionally been seen as a reliable pathway to a good career, but now with uncertainty in the job market and an increasing number of graduates, the certainty of this pathway appears to be eroding. This is particularly challenging for students who don't have access to adults who have studied at this level to provide advice.

Many students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds are the first in their family to go on to tertiary studies. For these students, mentoring provides the encouragement they need to build aspirations for their future and create networks to assist them make a successful transition from study to work.

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