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10 November 2020

Interested in becoming a SEBE Peer Mentor? Our 2020 SHS winners share their experiences

Keen to develop your leadership and professional skills, build your self-confidence and contribute to the Deakin community? Then consider becoming a SEBE Peer Mentor for Trimester 1, 2021.

What a Peer Mentor does

Our Peer Support Network Program (PSN) provides social and academic support to SEBE students. As a Mentor, you’ll help to foster an environment of safety and inclusiveness for new students, which encourages and inspires independent learning and future academic success.

In a series of weekly meetings, you’ll provide advice and referrals to services, answer questions and help new students to get the most out of their time at Deakin.

Why you should apply

Becoming a Mentor will develop your professional and personal skills, as well as create a portfolio of demonstrated leadership behaviour, which can be vital for future job applications. Just as importantly, you’ll meet a diverse group of people and experience the satisfaction of helping your peers successfully transition to university.

Meet some outstanding SEBE Peer Mentors

We’d like congratulate three of our outstanding SEBE Peer Mentors, who were acknowledged for their demonstrated leadership and contribution to Deakin at the 2020 Students Helping Students (SHS) Awards:

On receiving his award, Nikolaus told us that his time as a Mentor has shown him ‘what an invaluable resource the experienced students are for the new students’.

Indira aims to ensure that mentees not only have a sounding board for their questions, but someone to feel connected to and to make them feel part of a community: ‘A technique I always use is to put myself in the mentee’s shoes to understand how they’re feeling and be able to prepare an appropriate response to any of their queries,’ she says.

We thank Nikolaus, Indira and Rakshit for their efforts and for embodying what it means to be a SEBE Peer Support Mentor!

How to apply

Applications for the next intake are open until Sunday 24 January 2021. To become a Mentor, you need to have completed at least two trimesters and have a WAM of 70.

Read the full eligibility criteria and find out how to apply.

If you have a question, just email [email protected]. We’d love to have you as part of the team!

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