Mentor Program

A focus for the Student Experience Network Board and team is to ensure that our purpose aligns with the needs of our members. We strive to support our members to deliver on their goals, to be part of a community of student services professionals and to be recognised as valued partners in the higher education sector.

SEN is continually looking at ways to increase services and support to our members and to develop programs that add value to membership. The industry in which we operate constantly changes and has many external variables that challenge us all. Our membership base is unique in that there is a plethora of experienced, knowledgeable and passionate industry experts willing to share what they know, what they have learned and how they achieve success.

Mentoring is a proven approach when driving rich learning experiences and developing opportunities for both mentees and mentors. This type of program aims to develop and strengthen individual skills, strategies, and capabilities so that members feel supported and connected. We all at times need to tackle hurdles that seem insurmountable and can feel overwhelmed in our roles. The goal of this program is to provide career advice, create strong professional and structured networking opportunities, and gain both professional and personal enrichment for all involved.

Mentoring relationships have a proven effect on performance and personal growth, making them one of the most popular forms of professional development. Student Experience Network’s Mentor Program is a free resource available to all financial members.

The purpose of the 2024 SEN Mentor Program is to provide SEN Members with a professional development opportunity that supports not only individuals professional growth but also enhances the growth and success of their organisations. The Program’s purpose revolves around fostering individual growth, building a supportive community, and driving organisational success through mentorship, collaboration, and continuous learning.

Key Benefits and Outcomes of the Program include:

  • Professional Growth and Development: Members experience personal and career growth through tailored guidance and support.
  • Knowledge Transfer: Experienced mentors pass on valuable skills and insights to less experienced mentees, enhancing their capabilities.
  • Meaningful Connections: The program cultivates a supportive network where members build relationships and collaborate effectively.
  • Increased Engagement and Retention: Members feel valued and invested in their growth, leading to higher job satisfaction and loyalty to their organisations.
  • Leadership Development: The program nurtures future leaders by providing mentorship and ensuring a pipeline of talented individuals for key roles.
  • Exchange of Ideas: Mentors and mentees exchange perspectives and innovative practices, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • Skill Development for Mentors: Mentors enhance their own skills through reflection, role modelling, and continued learning, contributing to their professional development.

The 2024 SEN Mentor Program will match mentors and mentees from within the Network and will run for 6 months from May to November.

The Program will involve:

  • Matching mentee and mentor within the SEN network to ensure best fit to maximise your outcomes from the Program.
  • 3 Workshops – 1 at the start of the Program in May, a progress workshop in August and final celebration workshop in November (to be held at SENCON).
  • Mentoring Agreement to ensure all participants are committed to the Program and for pairs to set parameters around their own one on one sessions.
  • Workbook provided with suggestions for activities and guidance for one on one sessions.

Applications for 2024 have now closed.

If you have any questions about the Program, please Kym at