Look to the clouds for reliable advice
UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) has launched a new online mentoring program.
USQ Student Services is trialling the program this semester, which uses cloud software to make it easier for on-campus and external USQ students to connect with mentors.
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the Industry Mentoring Program was free, and an example of how the University was expanding its capacity to deliver more benefits to students.
"This is the first time USQ has run an online mentoring program, which facilitates greater accessibility between mentors and students," Professor Thomas said.
"The new online platform enables students to connect with experienced industry professionals no matter where they are, while still being able to develop a strong mentoring relationship.
"With a large number of USQ students studying externally around the world, and a growing network of USQ alumni and industry connections based overseas, we're confident the program will create more opportunities for students preparing for their transition to employment."
Senior Career Development Officer (Graduates) Tess Baxter said the program provided students the opportunity to connect with mentors over a 10-week period to establish goals for the program and gain valuable knowledge, understanding and professional networks within their industry.
"Getting one-on-one advice from industry professionals is invaluable for students looking to gain an insight into their chosen profession and build professional connections and networks," Miss Baxter said.
"The world of work is technologically dependant, therefore it is vital we keep up with new developments and connect students with industry in a more meaningful way."
Miss Baxter said the program would run via an online mentoring platform called Chronus, which allowed students to select a mentor who suits what they are looking for.
"The program uses profile analytics to ensure suitable matches are based on skills, knowledge, common interests and goals," she said.
"Allowing students to select their mentor gives them greater ownership of the relationship from the beginning of the program, which makes it easier for participants to maintain their mentoring partnerships."
Industry professionals who would like to share their knowledge with USQ students are also invited to get involved in the program.
"Mentoring is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your own career development through increasing your communication skills, leadership experiences and professional networks," Miss Baxter said.