This capstone unit is designed to broaden students' industry knowledge and ideas, enable professional network development and increase confidence in their ability to transition from university to working life.

Student mentees are matched as per their interests with senior industry professionals acting as mentors, from a variety of sectors and areas of specialization to enabling students to benefit from the experience, knowledge and expertise of a highly-skilled mentor, working in the type of role they aspire to be in themselves later in their own careers. The unit promotes excellence, develops leadership and initiative, and supports career development, whilst nurturing future talent.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Act with responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in a workplace responding appropriately to employer expectations, workplace culture and have improved workplace awareness;  
  2. Extend and adapt disciplinary knowledge and practical skills to solve complex problems and communicate professional recommendations;  
  3. Work collaboratively and consultatively with diverse colleagues exercising critical thinking and judgement in diverse work contexts; and,  
  4. Critically evaluate employment opportunities in the market and employ strategies to transition into the workforce.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Assessment of the mentee’s portfolio and Mentoring Action Plan 15%
Review Students’ performance within the workplace assessed in line with a number of key criteria (e.g professional conduct, communication, punctuality etc.) 30%
Report 3000 word reflection on the mentoring experience, in line with how Learning outcomes have been achieved and Graduate Capabilities met. 40%
Presentation 10 minute presentation showcasing key mentoring experiences 15%
A number of assessed tasks have been designed to measure the students' performance over the course of their mentoring experience.

Required reading

Each student will be supplied with a Mentee handbook that will provide all required text for this unit.

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success 1
Lore, N (2012)
New York, Touchstone

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