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Welcome to Professional Futures – a Peer Mentoring Program

You’re about to embark on an exciting journey at UQ. If you are new to Audiology, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,  Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, or Speech Pathology, you are in the right place.
Every journey is exciting but all new experiences take time to navigate and understand. No one knows this more than our Professional Futures Peer Mentors. These mentors have walked in your shoes and are now in the later years of your programs. By signing up to this peer mentoring program, your mentors will support you in navigating a new academic environment, inspire you to think about the exciting career you will embark on at the end of this journey, and connect you with your peers. Be connected with other students, right from the start.

About the peer mentoring program

The Professional Futures Peer Mentoring Program is a year-long program. Commencing in week 6 of the semester for 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 to University, academic adjustment, and preparation for future placement and career.
As a mentee in the Program, you will connect with a small group of your fellow students who are also enrolled in your study program here at UQ. You will be matched with peer mentors who will be in the later years of your study program. These peer mentors will draw upon their own lived experiences to provide insight and advice on topics specific to your first-year student group.

Professional Futures is a year-long peer mentoring program for students in SHRS and HMNS.

You can expect tailored support from your peer mentors, around the themes of:

  • Navigating life @ UQ
  • Studying @ UQ
  • My career @ UQ

Why have a Peer Mentor?

A peer mentor is a friendly face that you can approach. They might have the answer to that question you’ve been afraid to ask or know where to go for help. Professional Futures peer mentors want to share their experiences and insights so you can start your journey at UQ with confidence, and with a supportive community behind you. Our Professional Futures mentors all come from the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS) and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) – your schools, so they have experience here at UQ already.

First-year student eligibility

Professional Futures is available for first-year undergraduate or first-year masters students in the following programs:
•             Intro - Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
•             Intro - Master of Speech Pathology Studies
•             Year 1 Master of Audiology
•             Year 1 Master of Physiotherapy Studies
•             Year 1 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
•             Year 1 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
•             Year 1 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
•             Year 1 Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
•             Year 1 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours)
•             Year 1 Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
•             Year 1 Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
•             Year 1 Master of Dietetics Studies
Get involved

Information on how to sign up will be provided to first-year students closer to the start of Semester 1.

Remember, transitioning to university is different for everyone but this program is here to support you!

Interested in becoming a Professional Futures Peer Mentor?

Consider becoming a peer mentor. Applications for Semester 1 2021 are now closed. 
Visit the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS) or School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) webpages for more information on the mentor recruitment process and the benefits of becoming a Professional Futures peer mentor.

Peer Mentor eligibility

To be eligible to be a Peer Mentor in Professional Futures, you must:

•          Be enrolled in a program within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences of the School of Human                       Movement and Nutrition Sciences during your participation as a mentor,
•          Have successful completion of at least one semester of study within your program,
•          Be at least 18 years old,
•          Feel confident that you can balance your study and other commitments,
•          Have availability of up to 2hrs/wk to meet and/or communicate with your mentee group,
•          Possess good communication skills,
•          Have the confidence to interact with a diverse group of students.

Please contact the Professional Futures Project Coordinator to express your interest in becoming a peer mentor:

One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination. - John C. Maxwell

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