About the mentoring program

The MSRF Mentoring Program has been developed to support young rural Victorians in their transition to university and in their career development.

It is anticipated that participants in the MSRF Mentoring program will be interested in returning to rural communities and becoming future rural contributors and leaders.

Mentors have volunteered to support a young rural Victorian and to share their experiences of being a rural person participating in post-school education and/or developing their careers in a rural or regional setting.

The MSRF Mentoring Program is available to scholarship holders, scholarship applicants and other young people by invitation. We are building a Rural Youth Mentor Bank (RYMB) where other young people can apply for mentors to support them at university anywhere in Victoria.

Purpose

The purpose of the mentor/mentee relationship is to:

  • provide help and advice to the mentee of the direction of studies, courses and suitable research avenues.
  • assist in goal setting.
  • advise the awardee on development opportunities with other institutions/organizations during undergraduate studies as well as further studies beyond graduation.
  • advise and assist the mentee on his/her career path.
  • assist the mentee in preparing for and facilitating the transition from school to university (transition mentor) and from student to professional life (career mentor).

Transition mentors

Transition mentors are expected to support the mentee through the first year of attendance at university. The mentor will be available to assist with subject selection, advice on relocation to university town and other support. The mentor will seek out information to support the mentee. For more information about the role of transition mentors, download a flyer:

Career mentors

Career mentors are expected to support mentees for up to 3 years. The mentor may provide insights into developing different pathways or elements in a career, they may provide advice on employment opportunities and they may assist building networks for the mentee in rural settings. For more information about the role of career mentors, download a flyer:

Interested in becoming a mentor?

We need mentors who have either a rural background or experience working in a rural or regional community.

We are looking for mentors from a range of career paths who enjoy working with capable, enthusiastic young rural people as they are embarking on their university studies or careers.

To become a mentor (or to update your mentor profile), click here. 

Would you like a mentor?

If you would like a mentor, please click the button below to fill in the 'Request a Mentor' form.

This project has been supported by Regional Development Victoria through the Regional Growth Fund and through a grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

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