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MomentuM Frequently Asked Questions - Mentors

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

Industry Mentors are invaluable in providing expert advice and guidance to support students in their development and in achieving career goals.


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

CAN I MENTOR A STUDENT(S) THROUGH THE MOMENTUM PROGRAM?

The CBE MomentuM program is open to Industry Professionals who typically have three or more years of professional workforce experience and who have a willingness to share their time, expertise and experience.

Selection of students and mentors to participate in the MomentuM is at the discretion of the CBE MomentuM team.

WHAT WILL MY TIME COMMITMENT BE?

The amount of mentoring time you devote to your mentorship is flexible but a minimum contact time of one hour per month is required. Most of our MomentuM mentors meet with their mentee for one hour per fortnight and maintain communication via email, text or phone in between to build a valuable mentoring partnership.

You may agree to meet more frequently or agree to email or have phone contact between scheduled meetings. Mentoring partnerships run for the duration of the program but, if agreed on by both parties, may extend in an informal capacity upon conclusion of the program.

WHAT WILL MY MENTEE BE STUDYING?

Students from the ANU College of Business and Economics may, as a start, be studying the following:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Financial Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Professional Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Statistics

Many of our students are enrolled in Flexible Double Degrees and may be completing two degree programs concurrently.

HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR MOMENTUM?

Students are selected via a competitive selection process. In addition, they must complete compulsory pre-requisite requirements and submit their online and video application to be eligible for consideration.

Students:

  • Attend a compulsory "MomentuM Information Session & Communicating with Purpose Workshop”;
  • Complete an online application and 1 minute video application response;
  • Must be enrolled in a current ANU College of Business and Economics program and remain so for the duration of the MomentuM program and;
  • Must have successfully completed a designated number of courses (units)

WHAT ADVICE WILL MY MENTEE REQUIRE?

This is dependent on individual mentee needs and aspirations. All mentees are required to complete a series of themed milestones, prior to each meeting. Mentors may provide feedback and guidance on mentees milestones, during the meeting. Advice and guidance may also include general career guidance, understanding your role, history or industry, career planning and pathways, personal encouragement and confidence building, and/or specific guidance on searching or interviewing for jobs and internships.

Your first meeting is the opportunity to discuss your Mentees specific needs and expectations, as well as set the parameters of your mentorship (when and how often you will meet, how you will communicate between meetings etc.)

You may find the Mentor Guidebook, which lists suggested potential mentoring topics, a good starting point. The guidebook also suggests a sample structure for your discussions, to assist in maximising the value of each meeting. This will be sent to all participating mentors at the commencement of the program.

WHAT DOES A MENTEE-DRIVEN PROGRAM MEAN?

We recognise our mentors are busy professionals, volunteering their time and experience to support our students. Mentees are encouraged to take responsibility for initiating contact and organising meetings. In saying that, to build trust and a valuable mentoring partnership communication needs to be two-way and at times, mentees may also require gentle encouragement or support to help them feel comfortable in doing so.

MomentuM mentors are strongly encouraged to respond to their mentee in a realistic and timely manner to assist in building trust and rapport and increase the value of your mentoring partnership.

HOW WILL I BE MATCHED WITH A MENTEE?

Students (mentees) are matched with a mentor at the start of the MomentuM program. Matches will be made based on a number of factors. This may include a shared learning style and the students indicated areas for development v your indicated areas of specialisation. A shared academic background, students career aspirations, and objectives for the mentoring relationship may also be taken into consideration. 

Matching is at the discretion of the CBE MomentuM team.

I WANT TO MENTOR A STUDENT FROM A PARTICULAR AREA OF STUDY / INTEREST IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Yes, though in some cases we may not have students who meet your requirements. 

Mentors invited to join the program will be required to complete an online profile. When completing this, please be as detailed as possible to assist in the matching process. If we do not have a student to suit your requested requirements, you will have the opportunity to express interest for the following intake.

DO I NEED TO BE BASED IN CANBERRA TO MENTOR?

If you are located outside of Canberra, you have the opportunity to connect via email or video conference technology such as SKYPE or WeChat, for example.

HOW SHOULD I MEET WITH MY MENTEE?

Meetings can be held face-to-face, in a mutually convenient location at a time agreed upon by both parties. Mentors located outside the Canberra region have the opportunity to connect via phone or video conferencing technology, in addition to email.

WHAT IF I AM CONCERNED ABOUT AN APSECT OF MY MENTORING ARRANGEMENT?

We encourage you to first discuss this with your Mentee. If you are unable to resolve a matter between you and your Mentee, you can seek advice and guidance from the CBE MomentuM team. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive manner for both parties.

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