Since 2005, the Connect@Flinders professional mentoring program has been connecting students with mentors in all sectors and at all career stages, providing a valuable insight into transitioning from study to the world of work. The 2014 program was launched on 30 July and will run to November.
The program recognises that to succeed professionally, students benefit from professional workplace skills development as well as academic studies. Through conversations with an experienced industry mentor, students gain valuable insight into the workplace and have the opportunity to explore their career aspirations, self-development and enhance their professional skills. There are also a range of personal and professional development benefits for mentors, including increased self-awareness from reflecting on their own professional journey and future goals.
The launch was the first opportunity for this year’s mentors and mentees to meet, and represented the start of the four-month mentoring experience. The occasion enabled Flinders to publicly recognise our mentors and their generous gifts of time and experience.
Graduates from a range of fields are participating as mentors in the program, including Kosette Lambert, the joint owner and manager of Manufacturing Focus. Kosette will mentor Nicklas Abel, who is studying a combined Degree of International Business and International Studies.
If you would like to find out more about mentoring programs at Flinders, including concepts such as mentoring speed dating, contact Nalini Klopp, Program Coordinator, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 8201 2832.