Macquarie University Peer Mentors

Macquarie University Peer Mentors

Starting at Macquarie can be a big change. Macquarie University Peer Mentors are here to guide you

Whether you have just finished high school or TAFE, have joined us from overseas, or haven’t studied in a while, we know that starting at university can be hard.

To get the best start possible, you should learn from someone who has been exactly where you are. That's what our Peer Mentors Program is about - guiding you one-on-one through your first 6 weeks of study, and helping you to connect with your community.

How your Peer Mentor will help you

Our Peer Mentors are senior students from your faculty, school or course that help you to settle in and adjust to uni life. They'll provide you with regular support and advice, while helping you to:

  • Navigating the learning environment, processes and systems
  • Meet new people and build your own networks at Macquarie
  • Keep informed and understand how to get support when you need it
  • Find answers to questions and feel empowered to succeed.

Sign up for a Peer Mentor

  1. Jump onto the Macquarie University Mentors Network, then click on 'Join Program'
  2. Login using the 'One ID' button and enter your Student ID and password
  3. Once you've signed in, you'll be able to see all our Peer Mentor profiles. Use the filter on the right-hand side to find a Peer Mentor from your course or faculty, and check out their profiles to find out more about them
  4. Favourite your top 3 Peer Mentors by clicking the ‘favourite’ button on their profile. Once you've done this, we'll check your favourites to make sure they’re the best match for you and we’ll send message through the network to confirm your match
  5. You’ll then hear from your Peer Mentor through the network within 1-3 business days and they’ll organise your first meeting. At this meeting, you can set some regular catch-ups, talk about your goals and get your questions answered.

Our program is now closed for Session 2, 2020. If you're starting at Macquarie in 2021, register your interest and we'll let you know when our program opens.

Volunteer with us

Our program has two levels of volunteering available to any currently enrolled student that has completed at least one session of study at Macquarie:

  1. Peer Mentors who guide new students and facilitate events and programs to help students transition to uni life
  2. Peer Leaders that coach our Peer Mentors and run peer-led events and programs to build student community.

Become a Peer Mentor

Volunteering as a Macquarie University Peer Mentor is a great way to contribute to Macquarie’s community, have fun, and gain invaluable skills that will contribute to your employability.

With your personal experience as a student and the training you’ll receive, you’ll be able to answer most questions new students have about Macquarie or refer them to someone who can. You’ll also be able to facilitate and lead small group activities to help new students meet each other and start forming their uni network.

Benefits

Our hands-on training helps you develop essential soft skills that employers look for in graduates, such as:

  • Leading others
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Effectively working in a team
  • Communicating effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

To help you succeed in your role, we provide:

  • Comprehensive induction training, with a focus on mentoring and how to facilitate events
  • Strengthening of communication skills, particularly in the online environment
  • Deep working knowledge of university services and supports, and how to appropriately refer students these services
  • Access to exclusive networking, ongoing training and professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities to meet new people, make friends and network with Macquarie and industry professionals.

When you complete our program, you’ll receive a Certificate of Service, be eligible for GLP (Global Leadership Program) points, and recognition on your AHEGS (Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement).

Program requirements

To be considered as a Peer Mentor in Session 1, 2021 you need to have successfully completed at least one session of study at Macquarie, plan to enrol in at least one unit for Session 1, 2021 and be passionate about improving the new student experience.

We expect you'll:

  • Commit to your role, and all required training, for one session (defined from January - June 2021)
  • Provide regular, proactive and responsive contact with mentees in both formal (1:1) and the community mentoring phases
  • Actively support and participate in peer-led events and professional development opportunities
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the program, and your Peer Leaders, as required by the Mentors Team.

For more information about becoming a Peer Mentor and what we're looking for, please read the Position Description.

Applications for Peer Mentors in Session 1 2021 are now open!

Apply here

Become a Peer Leader

As a Peer Leader, you’ll bring your expertise as an experienced Peer Mentor and passion for capacity building and working with others. You’ll have access to exclusive professional development pathways and ongoing training, as well as significant input into our program design - in particular, the peer-led events and training for our Peer Mentors.

With your personal experience as a previous volunteer and the training you’ll receive, you’ll be able to guide your small Peer Mentor team and provide ongoing coaching to assist in their development. You’ll also be able to create and implement small group activities (both online and offline) and learn to facilitate, delegate and evaluate performances of your team and success of events you’ll be responsible for.

Benefits

Our hands-on training helps you develop critical professional skills that employers look for in graduates, such as:

  • Leadership skills
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Event and team management
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communicating effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

To help you succeed in your role, we provide:

  • Comprehensive induction training, with a focus on coaching and facilitation
  • Strengthening of presentation and public speaking skills
  • Upskilling in event management and training in event concept development, delivery and evaluation
  • Access to exclusive networking, ongoing training and professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities to meet new people, make friends and network with Macquarie and industry professionals.

When you complete our program, you’ll receive a Certificate of Service, be eligible for GLP (Global Leadership Program) points, and recognition on your AHEGS (Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement).

Program requirements

To be considered as a Peer Leader in Session 1, 2021 you need to have successfully completed service as a Macquarie University Peer Mentor for Session 2, 2020 (or equivalent), plan to enrol in at least one unit for Session 1, 2021 and be passionate about building student community.

We expect you'll:

  • Commit to your role, and all required training, for one session (defined from January - June 2021)
  • Manage and coach a team of Peer Mentors including training and maintaining contact/engagement in both formal (1:1) and community mentoring phases
  • Facilitate and actively participate in peer-led events and professional development opportunities
  • Provide regular feedback to the Mentors Team about the program, and the progress of your Peer Mentors groups as required.

For more information about becoming a Peer Leader and what we're looking for, please read the Position Description.

Applications for Peer Leaders in Session 1 2021 are now open!

Apply here

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