Welcome to Professional Futures – a Peer Mentoring Program
You are about to embark on an exciting journey at UQ. If you are new to Audiology, Dietetics, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Exercise Sports Science, Health Sport and Physical Education, 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 supports 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 placements and career.
As a mentee in the Program, you will connect with a group of 15-20 of your fellow students who are also enrolled in your study program here at UQ. You will be matched with 2 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 lived 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 master’s students in the following programs:
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?
Visit the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS) or School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) webpages for more information on 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 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 30 minutes/1 hour per week to communicate/meet with your student group,
- Possess good communication skills,
- Have the confidence to interact with a diverse group of students.
Why Become a Mentor?
- DEVELOP feedback and critical thinking skills
- GROW your network in the professional landscape
- ADVANCE your leadership skills
- SUPPORT your alma mater through service
Why Become a Mentee?
- GROW professional networks
- LEARN to navigate collegiate challenges
- DEVELOP your leadership skills
- EXPLORE opportunities and build your career path
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