Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

The Meet a Mentor Program is a rewarding initiative that connects penultimate (students in the second last year of their university degree) and final year engineering, architecture, and information technology students with established alumni and industry professionals with more than seven years experience in industry. The program aims to motivate, encourage, empower and transform the next generation of professionals entering the industry.

Meet a Mentor will assist students with their career development and transition from university into the workforce, engaging business professionals in a mutually beneficial partnership.

Mentees are required to fill out a short question and answer application process, and all successful mentees will self-select their mentor. This is generally based on study discipline, shared interests, or career aspirations which are outlined as part the registration process. 

Mentors and mentees are expected to connect for at least four one-on-one mentor sessions (in-person, phone, email or online). Each mentoring session should last for a minimum of one hour, and the mentoring relationship should be maintained for the minimum time frame of a six-month period, unless mutually agreed by both mentor and mentee.

The Meet a Mentor Program runs from April to September annually. 

KEY DATES 2020:
Mentor Registrations open: Monday, 27 January 2020
Mentee Applications open: Monday, 10 February 2020
Registration/Applications close: Monday, 9 March 2020
Successful applicants notified: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
*Mentee Induction event: Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Confirmed Mentor matches: Thursday, 2 April 2020
Official Program Start: Monday, 6 April 2020
Networking Event: Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Official Program Close: Friday, 18 September 2020
Recognition Event: Thursday, 24 September 2020

* Mentee Induction event is compulsory for all students participating in the program. 

If you wish to register to become a mentor, or have any queries about the program, please contact the Meet a Mentor team via email: meetamentor@eait.uq.edu.au.

 

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Our Meet a Mentor program is creating change

Kate Upton

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
Student Mentee

I signed up for the Meet a Mentor program with the hope that I would develop a better understanding of the engineering industry. Thanks to my mentor Alastair, I walked out with far more than this.

Being in my penultimate year, I was on the hunt for some practical experience in an engineering firm. Alastair assisted me in this pursuit; helping me update my resume and get more of an idea as to what employers are looking for in young engineers. With his assistance, I was able to stand out in the recruitment process and secure a vacation position.

Not only did Alastair help me secure a holiday job, but he pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and develop invaluable skills. I had mentioned to him in our second meeting, that public speaking was a real weakness of mine and a couple of months later I was presenting at the Meet a Mentor Recognition Event. With Alastair’s encouragement, I was able to face one of my biggest fears.

My experience with this program was so rewarding and I cannot thank Alastair and the program coordinators enough for such an incredible opportunity.

Alastair MacLeod

Bachelor of Engineering Civil (Hons) 1967
Mentor

After 40 years working in heavy civil engineering, including 20 years overseas, I returned to Brisbane in 2009.

I was always interested in mentoring young engineers in an informal sense in my workplace, but on return to Brisbane I was able to be involved in the UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Meet a Mentor Program. My involvement has allowed me to take a more structured approach and I have been participating in the program now for 3 years.

Last year I mentored two third year civil engineering students, Kate Upton and Ben Tickell both from regional Queensland areas and I was impressed with their enthusiasm. It was great to have two hard working and motivated people to work with.

After the formal Meet a Mentor introductory session, we met and set out our expectations and what we all wanted to achieve from the Program.  Our ongoing coffee sessions outlined the next actions to be taken in preparing CV’s, applying for vacation and part-time employment and guidance on what working in different civil engineering disciplines would involve.

I got great satisfaction from being able to assist both students in obtaining positions with reputable consulting firms in areas that they wished to explore further. It was also rewarding to see them enjoying the real-life experience of working in the engineering sector, applying the skills and knowledge they obtained throughout their studies and through our mentoring sessions.

The Faculty is to be commended for conducting this very worthwhile and rewarding Program which provides invaluable assistance to our future engineering, architecture and information technology graduates in the formative part of their professional training and giving us old alumni confidence in our future young engineering professionals.