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Next Step Mentoring

The Next Step Mentoring program matches penultimate and final year Curtin students with industry mentors currently working in an industry similar to the student’s field of study or area of interest.

Coordinated by Curtin Careers, Employment & Leadership, in conjunction with Curtin's Alumni Relations, Next Step allows student mentees to gain valuable knowledge and insight, in preparation for the transition into graduate employment. The program also enhances students' confidence and career management skills, while starting to build their professional networks.

Next Step allows you, as a mentor, complete flexibility when managing your time within the program. To suit your schedule, you and your student mentee decide when, where and how you meet. the Program Coordinator will simply guide you along the way with suggested discussion topics and activities.

Activities and conversations you may have with your mentee include, but are not limited to:

  • Discussing workplace etiquette and employer expectations
  • Researching industry and market trends
  • Effective job seeking strategies
  • Resume and cover letter reviews
  • Workplace site visits
  • Effective networking and personal branding strategies
  • Mock interview practice and feedback

Key Dates

  • The Next Step Mentoring Program is on hold for 2018,
    relaunching in Semester 1 2019.
  • We are currently taking expressions of interest from eligible mentors for the 2019 program.

  • The program runs for approximately 5 months, with a minimum 10 hours of contact time with your student mentee during this period.
  • Student mentee applicants will be able to request their mentor based on recommended matches arising from responses in your application form.
  • Students should allow for an additional 10 hours to complete their program requirements.
  • eMentoring options are available for mentors and mentees based outside the Perth metropolitan area. Skype, phone and email communication can be used where face to face meetings are not viable.
  • It is recommended all local participants attend the official launch event, though it is not compulsory. This event will provide you with important tools to assist with your mentoring relationship, and can be used as your first meeting with your mentee.
  • eMentors and mentees will be provided with online alternatives if attending the launch event is not possible.
  • Mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend the midway and end of program events. Attendance at these events can count towards the students' minimum 10 hours contact time with their mentor.
  • Both mentors and mentees are required to complete the end of program questionnaire.
  • You can select to mentor more than one student during the program.

  • Enhance your leadership, communication and coaching skills.
  • Inspire students to reach their career potential.
  • Give back to your profession and community.
  • Learn fresh perspectives from today’s students.
  • Extend your professional network with other mentors.
  • Gain exposure to highly-motivated students and help your industry receive work-ready graduates.
  • Reconnect or develop closer links with Curtin University.

If you would like to register your interest for the 2019 program,
please complete an expression of interest.  

To take part in this program as an industry mentor, you must have a minimum of 3 years professional experience in the relevant field. 
Next Step Terms & Conditions for Mentors are available through UniHub.

Further Information

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact the Next Step Mentoring Coordinator, by email at or phone (08) 9266 7802.

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