Be a role model and boost your employability – join the 2024 Health Peer Mentor Program now!
Applications are now open for the Faculty of Health Peer Mentor Program for Trimester 1/Semester 1, 2024.
What is the Peer Mentor Program?
Beginning university can feel daunting at first. Peer mentors play a critical role in supporting commencing students in their transition to Deakin.
The Faculty of Health Peer Mentor Program matches new Health students with a peer mentor, with priority matching to those who are studying the same or similar course. Peer mentors and mentees meet during OWeek, with dedicated mentor meetings running in the first five weeks of the semester/trimester and options to also attend special events.
As a mentor, you will use your experience and knowledge to help new students adjust, sharing advice about Deakin services, general study skills and social activities.
Want to know more?
We asked current Faculty of Health peer mentor Sophia Garcia to tell us a little bit about her experience as a peer mentor and why this role can be so personally and professionally rewarding.
Why should students consider becoming a Faculty of Health peer mentor – what do you consider the benefits of the role?
Being a peer mentor has provided me with a wide range of transferable skills. It has allowed me to enhance my communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills as I was able to work with diverse groups of students.
This role has also allowed me to reflect and gain a deeper understanding of my strengths and weaknesses.
What would you say to eligible students who aren’t sure if they would be a good role model for other students?
As a peer mentor, it is not expected that you’ll have all the right answers. Being able to offer support, guidance, and a listening ear are truly impactful in being a good role model. Your willingness to help, even if it is as simple as being a friendly face or offering a word of encouragement, can have a good impact on someone’s academic journey.
What’s been your favourite thing or most valuable lesson from your experience as a Faculty of Health peer mentor?
Being a peer mentor is certainly a rewarding role that has provided me with a great opportunity to participate in the Deakin community. One of my most favourite things about deciding to become a peer mentor was being able to network with new students of different backgrounds.
See yourself as a peer mentor?
If you’re interested in acting as a positive influence and role model for new Health students while gaining relevant employment experience to boost your CV, then apply to become a peer mentor today!
As a peer mentor, you will:
- Become a role model to new students
- Expand your network of contacts and friends within the University
- Develop your interpersonal and leadership skills for future employability
- Access exclusive Students Helping Students (SHS) events and opportunities
- Receive a letter of commendation and a gift.
Apply to become a Peer Mentor now!