Career mentoring

Careers can be complex. Whether you stay in research and collaborate with external partners, or you go directly to work outside the university after you graduate, mentoring is a powerful way to help you reflect on your career path.

Mentoring is a way for you to develop your strengths, widen your professional networks and take full advantage of your potential.

To support you, the Graduate Research School (GRS) coordinates two mentoring pathways for La Trobe graduate researchers

  • GRS Career Mentoring, and
  • IMNIS Industry Mentoring Network in STEM.

These opportunities are available to full-time and part-time, domestic and international graduate researchers.

GRS career mentoring

This program is open to all La Trobe graduate researchers  at post-confirmation stage, and will link you with mentors in fields of interest.

Career mentoring program features:

  • participation in a workshop on mentoring and networking for graduate researchers
  • participation in three follow-up workshops where you will select possible mentors and reflect on your mentoring experience.
  • being matched with a mentor and having approximately six meetings over a period of up to four months

Mentoring is a voluntary activity, and mentors act in their personal capacity.

Eligibility criteria

You may be eligible for career mentoring if:

  • you are enrolled in a graduate research degree at La Trobe
  • you have passed confirmation by the beginning of the mentoring program
  • you are open-minded and keen to commit to learning alongside someone
  • you wish to develop ideas for possible career pathways, whether you wish to stay in academia, or work outside of traditional research roles

How to get involved

If you are a graduate researcher enrolled at La Trobe, you may be eligible to join out PhD career mentoring program.

Applications for the GRS career mentoring program are now closed.

IMNIS – Industry Mentoring Network in STEM

This program is offered in collaboration with IMNIS – Industry Mentoring Network in STEM. It is open only to candidates in the STEM sector.

This program involves the following features:

  • being matched with a mentor in the STEM sector
  • meeting your mentor one hour each month over 12 months
  • attending peer mentoring sessions and other events throughout the course of the program.

Mentoring is a voluntary activity, and mentors act in their personal capacity.

Eligibility criteria

You may be eligible for career mentoring if:

  • you are a candidate in a STEM discipline
  • you are enrolled in your second year of your PhD (FTE)
  • you are open-minded and keen to commit to learning alongside someone
  • you are prepared to commit to meeting your mentor 1 hour per month for 12 months and attend IMNIS events.

How to get involved

Applications are now closed.

Photo of Anne Brouwer

In light of my positive experiences and new opportunities I’ve gained through mentoring, I strongly recommend industry mentoring to other PhD students. We can’t expect obtaining our PhD degree and be handed over a job – it’s a competitive market both inside and outside of academia. Industry mentoring provides a unique chance to get to other possible pathways in addition to the academic one.