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 in 2020?

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 ten to fifteen of your fellow first year students along with two peer mentors, all who are studying health and sports science programs in HMNS or SHRS. You will connect as a group online and face-to-face. To form the groups, you will be asked to answer brief questions about your program of study and lived experiences e.g. school lever, student from rural/remote location, international student, mature age student.

When does it start?

Professional Futures mentoring starts in week 5, semester 1.

Why week 5?

This is a time when you’ve already attended O week, have received new information, may have attended some events 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 5, you will meet your peer mentors and fellow group members face to face. After this for the remainder of the year you will mostly 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 bubble tea. It will also help you make sense of the information you have already received through O week activities. 

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 will have the opportunity to attend workshops with the careers advisor.

You will also have the opportunity to connect face to face with your peer mentors and group during catch ups on campus and other organised events.

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 Nurtition Sciences
  • Year 1 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours)

Information will be sent via student email to first year students on how to apply when the peer mentoring program launches.

Are you a second, third or fourth year undergraduate or second year masters student in 2020?

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 ten to fifteen 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 from your school (HMNS), faculty (Health and Behavioural Sciences - HaBS) and the careers advisor both before mentoring commences and 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 and peer mentors will be able to take part in the career development ePortfolio student leader program. Information about this will be provided in the training.

Peer mentors will be eligible to apply for both a Health and Behavioural Sciences (HaBS) faculty award and a Professional Futures Peer Mentoring school (HMNS) award.

The peer mentor role includes:

  • Student leader training
  • Professional Futures peer mentor launch event
  • Professional Futures 'meet your group' launch event
  • 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
  • Attend events and catch ups offered as part of the program

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
  • 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)

All new Professional Futures peer mentors will need to attend a Training and Selection Day. Dates are listed in the application form.

Get involved

Applications are now closed. 

Contact Kylie Webb, Project Manager Professional Futures