Breaking into the world of work is hard, having someone with an insider’s perspective can be really valuable to help you get in.
If you are facing challenges in regards to finding or maintaining work, the Digital Industry Mentor Service can connect you with an industry (work) mentor.
Our mentors can support you to find, maintain and enjoy work in an area that interests you. The service can help you by developing your job seeking and industry-specific skills, and developing your work-related confidence.
Each of our mentors work in different types of jobs and are matched with you based on your work interests. That means you’ll get advice and guidance from people who work in the field you’re interested in.
All of the mentoring support happens online, so it’s easy to stay in touch and connect with your mentor, no matter where you live.
What can mentors help with?
A mentor is someone who gives advice and guidance to help someone reach their goals. An industry mentor will help you reach your career goals by working with you to:
Provide industry specific advice around work, employer expectations and career progression
Help you to understand the recruitment process in your industry and improve your application and interviewing skills to help you find work.
Support you with the move into work, improving your professional communication skills and understanding your rights and responsibilities at work
Help you grow your professional network and teach you how to connect and reach out to other professionals in your chosen area of work to understand the recruitment process in your industry and improve your application and interviewing skills to help you find work
How can I sign up for a mentor?
If you are interested in being matched up with a mentor, please fill in your details here and a member of our mentoring team will be in touch.
Who is eligible?
If you’re a young person aged 17-24 and you have found it difficult to find or maintain work, it’s likely you can participate in the mentoring service. Program staff will talk to you about your work journey to help decide if this service is right for you. It also doesn’t matter where you live, as all of the mentoring takes place online.
Who are the mentors?
The mentors in this service are professionals who understand how hard it can be to find and keep work, and want to help young people in their careers.
They come from a number of different industries, such as labouring and trades, customer service, administration, engineering, logistics, finance, management, sales, engineering, IT, management, communications, marketing and more.
Although there may not be a mentor working in your exact area of interest, all of our mentors have extensive professional experience and can help you to create a plan to get into the area of work you like.
Our mentors have different personal and cultural backgrounds, and where possible, we will help to connect you with a mentor who may have had similar life experiences. However, what all our mentors have in common is that they enjoy working with young people and are passionate about supporting their career goals.
How often would I meet with my mentor?
You will connect once every two weeks at a time that suits you. All of this happens online, and you can decide how you want to get in touch (e.g. webchat, telephone or video call).
You can be matched with your mentor for a total of up to six months. This will give you enough time to get to know them and to work together on the goals you set.
Potential future mentors
Mentors come from some of our corporate partners. If you, or your organisation is interested in volunteering in the Digital Industry Mentor Service please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentors undergo extensive screening and training, including a mental health first aid course, National Police Check and Working with Children Check before participating in the program.