Few disadvantaged students have professional contacts working in their field of interest. A tertiary mentor already working in the field can share firsthand knowledge about the industry and how to gain work experience and, in some cases, even connect students with a wider network of professional contacts.
For university graduate, Karen, her mentor Kate has been a wonderful resource, confidante and friend.
"I was introduced to Kate through my Learning for Life Coordinator at the start of my degree. She was the first lawyer I’d ever met. Through her I've learned exactly what type of lawyer I want to be." Karen, Tertiary Mentoring Program student.
In 2011/12, 521 students participated in our Tertiary Mentoring Program.
Jessica* didn't have anyone else to turn to for assistance and really appreciated her mentor's support