Peer mentoring

If you're keen to connect with other students, share experiences and have fun, consider joining the Professional Futures Peer Mentoring Program.

The Professional Futures Peer Mentoring Program supports health and sports science first year students in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS) and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) through their transition, academic adjustment and preparation for future prac/placement and career.

Join Professional Futures as a mentee (for first year students), to connect with others and get support from older students as they help you transition to uni life and beyond, or join Professional Futures as a mentor, sharing your experiences and supporting fellow students who are just starting their studies in HMNS or SHRS.

Learn more about Professional Futures below.

Are you a first year student?

Do you want ideas, resources and support from students who have already completed first year in a similar or the same program as you?

Do you want to connect with other first year students?

Do you want help navigating your transition to UQ, settling into your academic studies and learning about your future career pathway?

Why should first year students join the Professional Futures Peer Mentoring Program?

Starting university, particularly when students move away from home for the first time, move internationally, and/or speak English as a second language can be challenging. Other students find it challenging to balance the competing demands of study with external work commitments or studying whilst fulfilling parenting and other carer roles. The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS) and School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) recognise the importance of supporting first year students as they transition into their university programs.

Professional Futures is a yearlong peer mentoring program for students in both HMNS and SHRS. 

Information about the program for first year students (mentees)

By joining this program, you will be joining a small group of your fellow first year students along with two peer mentors, all who are studying health and sports science programs in HMNS. You will connect as a group online and face-to-face (** face to face will be dependent upon the COVID-19 restrictions at that time).

When does it start?

Professional Futures mentoring starts in week 6, semester 1.

Why week 6?

This is a time when you’ve already commenced your program of study, have received a lot of new information, and are well and truly into your semester 1 studies, but……. you may still have questions, you may be unsure where to go for help or just want to meet other first year students.

In week 6, you will meet your peer mentors and fellow group members. After this you will connect through an online platform with your peer mentors with information, tips and ideas tailored to these three topics:

Navigating life @ UQ

This includes information to help you transition to university life. It may include information or resources on UQ technology, library spaces and resources, parking or where to eat or grab a coffee when on campus.

Studying @ UQ

Peer mentors will share with you ideas to help with study related topics e.g. where to seek help, UQ study support, tips on writing assignments or for exams. Peer mentors may also share their own tips/tricks e.g. lecture note taking, study habits.

My career @ UQ

Whilst you have just started your degree, peer mentors will share information about future practicum placements, videos of student experiences whilst on prac/placement and links to information on career resources e.g. how to write a resume. Both peer mentors and first year students may have the opportunity to attend workshops with the careers advisor.

First year student eligibility

Professional Futures is available for first year undergraduate or first year masters students in the following programs offered in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences:

  • Year 1 Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Year 1 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours)
  • Year 1 Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
  • Year 1 Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
  • Year 1 Master of Dietetics Studies

Information on how to sign up will be provided to first year students when the peer mentoring program launches.​

Are you a second, third or fourth year undergraduate or second year masters student?

Do you want a new leadership opportunity? The opportunity to meet and support fellow students, earn employability hours and be eligible to receive an award?

Become a peer mentor. 

Become a leader now. Help translate the knowledge you’ve already gained at university into an opportunity to guide and support students as they start their first year journey by becoming a Professional Futures Peer Mentor.

Peer mentoring in groups

Mentoring will occur in groups, with a small group of first year students grouped with two peer mentors. As a peer mentor, you will be paired with another mentor from HMNS or SHRS. Together, you will share your knowledge, connect and support the first years in your group as they commence their study. Just like the first year students, you will be asked to answer brief questions about your program of study and lived experiences e.g. student from rural/remote location, international student, mature age student.

Training and leadership opportunities

Peer mentors will receive leadership training and may have the opportunity to attend a workshop with the careers advisor during the year. The peer mentoring program is all set up for you. Peer mentors will receive tips, guidance and links to resources throughout the year to help make the mentoring experience a success. The peer mentors job is to tailor the information you receive by drawing upon your own lived experiences to provide insight and advice on topics specific to your first year student group.

Professional Futures Peer Mentoring program is an employability award approved activity.

The peer mentor role includes:

Student leader training

Professional Futures peer mentor launch

Regular communication to your first year group following the resources, tips, ideas provided in the mentoring plan and respond to queries/questions from the first years

Benefits to becoing a peer mentor

Build your leadership skills

Earn employability hours (volunteering) to contribute to the UQ Employability Award

Careers workshops from the HaBS faculty careers advisor (TBC)

Develop communication, collaboration and partnership skills by working with another peer mentor

Who can apply to be a peer mentor?

We’re looking for students with a range of interests and experiences from a variety of programs across the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS).

Students from second, third or fourth year undergraduate programs in one of the following programs can apply to be a Professional Futures peer mentor:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
  •  Master of Dietetics Studies

All new Professional Futures peer mentors will need to attend mentor training. If you are interested in being a mentor, please email the Professional Futures Project Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Project Manager Professional Futures

E: professionalfutures@uq.edu.au