USQ students meet role models

USQ FRASER Coast students and industry role models had a chance to rub shoulders at the launch of the 2013 Career Mentoring Program in June 2013.

Career Mentoring program coordinator Catherine Chinnock said the evening event gave this year’s participants the opportunity to meet with program peers and celebrate mentoring as a professional development activity.

This program has been running at USQ since 2005 but we are now hoping to expand on it at the Fraser Coast campus with a focus on community engagement,” Ms Chinnock said.

“We hope to see more USQ students make the most of this program because it’s such a good opportunity to help them prepare for their future careers.”

Coming on board as a first-time mentor this year is Kim Griffith, the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Principal Officer Events.

“I volunteered to join the program with the hope that I can help a student with his or her career choices,” Ms Griffith said.

“It is important that we help each other and if someone can learn from all the things I’ve learnt throughout my career, that’s the most important thing for me.”

Her mentee, Sarah Rainey, is a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student who moved to Hervey Bay from England 12 months ago.

“I’m hoping this program will give me insights into the events, marketing and tourism industries and help build my networks in Australia,” Ms Rainey said.

USQ Fraser Coast Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said the USQ Career Mentoring Program was valuable for both industry experts and students.

“It’s great to have the involvement of our local experts, both retired and working, who are coming to USQ to network and mentor our students,” Mr Langabeer said.

“This program provides students with opportunities to not only make connections with industry experts but to also learn from their mentors’ experiences. The students’ own experiences within their chosen industries are beneficial for their growth and development.”

USQ Fraser Coast Graduate Employment Officer Tracy-Madonna Wylie said that as mentors, the program gave industry professionals the opportunity to develop their own leadership and management skills as well as reflect on their career journeys.

“They also have the chance to build their networks by engaging with other participants at mentoring events and in online forums.

“For students, mentoring helps boost their self-confidence and make the transition from student to confident professional.”

“In order to make this valuable opportunity most relevant to our Fraser Coast students we will again be calling for mentors early next year to join the 2014 program.

“Their commitment of two hours per month could make the critical difference to USQ Fraser Coast graduates and help set them up for success in their chosen careers.”

More information on USQ’s mentor program, visit http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/services/careers/employers/mentor-a-student, or contact USQ Fraser Coast Graduate Employment Officer Tracy-Madonna Wylie on (07) 4194 3125.

CAPTION: Attending the USQ Fraser Coast 2013 Career Mentor Program Launch are: (front l-r) USQ Fraser Coast Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer, Sarah Rainey, Kim Griffith, Karen Cate, Geoff Skerritt, USQ Graduate Employment Officer Tracy-Madonna Wylie, Tanya Bridge, Liz Nicoll and USQ Employment Services Liaison Officer Catherine Chinnock; (back l-r) Jenny Ball, Lauretta Wright, Greg McKenzie, Ken Matheson, Dale Sneddon and Ann Moffatt. Photo: JOCELYN WATTS
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