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Welcome to Professional Futures – a peer mentoring service 
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
Professional Futures is a yearlong program. Commencing in week 5, semester 1 for first year students enrolled in Audiology, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech Pathology. 
 
Ten to fifteen of your fellow students will be grouped together and matched with two peer mentors in an online group. Before the online group kicks off, you will meet up, altogether for a fun filled action packed event. 
 
You can expect support from your online peer community, with topics tailored to:
 
Navigating life @ UQ
Studying @ UQ
My career @ UQ
 
This peer mentoring program commences at a time when you have already experienced O week, have attended lectures and had some time in your program. You may still have that burning question or want to know more about what opportunities exist both with your studies and outside of study. This is where your peer mentors and your group can help.
 
By joining this program, throughout the semester you will receive helpful updates to keep you informed about UQ events and key dates, as well as ideas for how to stay on track with your study. You will also have the opportunity to connect with your group and peer mentors during catch ups on campus and other organised events.

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/or 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)
 
Get involved
Information will be sent via student email to first year students on how to apply when the peer mentoring program launches.
 
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 2020 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 apply to be a Professional Futures Peer Mentor, students must be enrolled as a second, third or fourth year undergraduate or second year masters student in one of the following programs: Audiology, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech Pathology. 


 
 

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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