So, do you need a mentor?
Two years ago I was asking myself this question as I was not familiar with this concept. After two mentors, two amazing years of various experiences and one full-time job at the end of my degree, I would like to pass on my experience to you.
Yes, you do need a mentor! I mean, why not?! QUT provides the opportunity for each student to apply for a mentorship program, where they will be matched with someone from an industry of their interest.
Here are five things to do when you have a mentor:
- Research their company, their LinkedIn profile and their projects – find where you could possibly be involved.
- Ask questions, I mean as many as you can come up with. Your mentor will have plenty of work experience to answer your questions.
- Learn from your mentor. Use this opportunity for your personal development.
- Reach out to your mentor. You should understand that mentors’ time costs money and you need to at least show your eagerness to connect and learn.
- Your mentor is a strong point of contact – use this to expand your network.
- Stay in touch even if the actual period of the program has finished! I was lucky enough to stay in touch with both of my mentors and now I will be working with one of them full-time!
If you are a QUT student, you can find a mentor by yourself or with the help of the QUT Career Mentor Scheme.