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MomentuM frequently asked questions - Mentees

The CBE MomentuM program is a not-for-credit mentoring and professional development program offered to current CBE undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Select from the categories below to browse answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Mentees.

HOW LONG DOES THE MOMENTUM PROGRAM GO FOR? WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

The semester 2, 2019 intensive MomentuM programs runs for the duration of semester 2. Main program activity is between July – November 2019. Anticipated monthly time commitment is roughly 6-9 hours per month, depending on individual student investment.

WILL I RECEIVE CREDIT FOR COMPLETING MOMENTUM?

No. Students participate in the MomentuM program on a voluntary basis to grow and develop industry-identified “employability” skills and benefit from the advice and guidance offered by our experienced Industry Mentors. Students participating in Momentum do not receive course credit as part of this program.

ARE THERE ANY SKILLS I SHOULD HAVE TO JOIN AS A MOMENTUM MENTEE?

MomentuM focuses on the mentee's professional development. To succeed in this program, prospective mentees should:

  • have the ability to plan ahead, commit and follow-through;
  • possess a genuine desire to learn and develop;
  • hold excellent time management skills;
  • possess an inquisitive and pro-active attitude;
  • exhibit a willingness to invest time and effort into the mentoring relationship and personal development;
  • be goal-oriented and focussed;
  • be open to new ideas and constructive feedback;
  • be willing to communicate and actively listen;
  • conduct themselves professionally and;
  • respect privacy and confidentiality

IS THERE AN ENROLMENT FEE OR COST TO JOIN MOMENTUM?

MomentuM Mentees are not required to pay any fees for their involvement in the program, however, may choose to outlay personal costs on professional attire and incidentals, including transport to and from meetings with mentors or networking events. These costs cannot be reimbursed.

I AM AWAY FOR A FEW WEEKS DURING THE PROGRAM. CAN I STILL JOIN THE MOMENTUM PROGRAM?

Before submitting your application you should carefully review the advertised compulsory key program dates and milestones to see if they overlap with your anticipated travel. When submitting your expression of interest, you should confirm your travel dates.

MomentuM is designed as an intensive professional development program with a series of specifically curated compulsory workshops and milestones. Participants are required to successfully complete all program requirements to continue with the program. The absence of 1-2 weeks may mean both the mentee and mentor are unable to achieve the best results, complete milestones and successfully complete the program.

HOW AM I MATCHED WITH MY MOMENTUM MENTOR?

Each MomentuM mentee will be matched with an experienced industry mentor. Matches will be made based on a number of factors. This may include a shared academic background, career or work experience, career aspirations, and objectives for the mentoring relationship. Mentor matching is at the discretion of the MomentuM team.

Mentors are industry professionals who have at least three years’ work experience. Some mentors may be alumni of the Australian National University and/or the ANU College of Business and Economics. They may be based in Canberra, interstate or internationally.

CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE MENTOR?

All participating students (mentees) are custom-matched with one mentor at the start of the MomentuM program.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I MEET WITH MY MENTOR

The number of Mentoring meetings you agree with your Mentor is flexible, but you should expect a minimum contact time of one hour per month. Mentors and Mentees may agree to meet more frequently or decide to email, or have phone or Skype contact between meetings. The MomentuM mentorship formally lasts for the duration of the program.

WHAT DO I DISCUSS WITH MY MENTOR?

MomentuM Mentees are required to complete themed milestones, prior to each meeting with your mentor. During your meeting you may discuss and seek feedback on your milestones and, carefully curating time, may also discuss a range of other topics with your mentor.

On commencement of the program mentees will receive a MomentuM Mentee guidebook. This guidebook outlines numerous topics you may choose to use as a starting point to open discussions with your mentor, including understanding career pathways, professional skill development etc. The mentee guidebook also contains additional resources to assist in structuring and increasing the value of your mentor meetings.

MomentuM Mentees should also review their mentor’s profile which will share the background and type of advice their Mentor may also be able to provide.

MY MENTOR IS NOT BASED IN CANBERRA – HOW DO WE CONNECT?

If your MomentuM Mentor is not located in Canberra you may choose to connect via email or video conference technology such as SKYPE or WeChat.

WILL I GET A JOB, INTERNSHIP OR WORK EXPERIENCE FROM MOMENTUM?

No. MomentuM is designed to assist students with their professional development, understanding career pathways and setting career goals. You should not expect or ask your mentor to provide you with employment.

We encourage all mentees to make the most of the time and valuable advice and guidance your mentor can provide. You may seek guidance and tips from your mentor in how to secure an internship or casual job opportunity.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE MOMENTUM?

During your final Mentor meeting you should discuss if, how and in what capacity your professional relationship may continue. For example, in an informal mentoring capacity or as a professional contact.

All MomentuM mentees who successfully complete the full program will be invited to attend a closing celebration to acknowledge the significant commitment and achievements of the cohort.

Updated:   5 April 2019 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team