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Next Step Mentoring

The Next Step Mentoring program matches penultimate and final year Curtin students with industry mentors, including Curtin alumni, staff and friends, 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. This program also enhances your confidence and career management skills, while starting to build your professional networks.

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

  • Discussing workplace etiquette and employer expectations
  • Researching industry and market trends
  • Resume & cover letter reviews
  • Workplace site visits
  • Mock interviews 

Next Step allows participants complete flexibility when managing their time within the program. To suit your busy schedules, you and your mentoring partner decide when, where and how you meet.  The Program Coordinator will simply guide you along the way.

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 students for the 2019 program.
  • Applicants will need to complete the Boosting Your Professionalism and Goal Setting online modules prior to being able to apply for the program.

  • As a Next Step mentee applicant, you will have the ability to select your mentor based on recommended matches arising from your responses in your application form
  • The program runs for approximately 5 months, with a minimum 10 hours of contact time with your mentor during this period.
  • Student mentees are required to submit a session reflection log sheet to record key learnings and action items arising from your contact time with your mentor.
  • Student mentees are required to complete another 3 online modules or development workshops offered by Careers, Employment & Leadership by the end of the program.
  • 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 or mentor.
  • 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 minimum 10 hours contact time.
  • Both student mentees and their mentors are required to complete the end of program questionnaire.

Benefits for mentees 

  • Connect with your industry in your penultimate or final year of study
  • Discover a range of career pathways
  • Gain confidence when applying for positions 
  • Learn what employers are looking for in graduates 
  • Gain inside information about industry trends 
  • Begin building vital professional networks 
  • Participation may be recognised on your Curtin Extra Certificate

To be eligible for the Next Step Mentoring program, you must be a penultimate or final year Curtin student. Students need to be enrolled in a current course throughout the entire duration of the program.
Next Step Terms & Conditions for Mentees are available through UniHub.

Further Information

NB: Whilst best efforts are undertaken to match mentors and mentees based on their degree studied and/or profession preferences, Curtin University cannot guarantee that the resulting match will align with this criteria.

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