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Mentoring Programme

 

wihn mentoring programme

 
 

The WiHN Mentoring Programme matches women mentees in their first year of a health-related degree with experienced women mentors in the mentees’ desired health specialty. Launching in 2018, the programme aims to provide pastoral guidance and information sharing for young women, while enabling them to meet other first year students who are undergoing a similar experience.

 

Apply for the programme

To become a mentor, please apply here.

To become a mentee, please apply here.

Applications close March 15th 2019.

Mentor and mentee relationship

WiHN provides a free, semi-structured, non-academic mentoring programme. Successful applicants are allocated to groups of four, including two mentors and two mentees. Essentially, mentors act as friends to young woman students undergoing a similar experience to their own first year, studying a health-related pathway. Mentees receive guidance and support from experienced woman students to help achieve their personal and professional aspirations during first year.

Some of the topics mentors and mentees may discuss include:

  • How to have an academically successful experience entering a health specialty

  • How to have a socially fulfilling experience in first year 

  • General social support for in easing the transition from high school to university 

  • General career aspirations and options within the health sector

  • Building confidence to tackle first year at university 

  • Managing stress and building resilience 


The programme runs throughout semester 1 and semester 2 of 2019. The formal mentor-mentee relationship commences one month into the academic year and concludes in the lead up to the end of year exams.

benefits of joining the programme

For mentees, the programme provides support for first year students entering a challenging year and tackling the transition to university life. WiHN seeks to bridge the gap for those who may not feel that they are arriving with enough support to achieve at their highest potential. Joining WiHN provides opportunities to develop friendships across all year levels and access a platform for networking with leaders in the health workforce. Our passionate group of mentors act as a source of guidance for navigating the new experiences of university. 

For mentors, the programme allows students to make a personal contribution to reducing the inequities that face women in health while working alongside a group of women who are just as invested in the cause. Being a mentor is challenging but rewarding and will help you develop useful knowledge, skills and competencies that are needed in the workplace. These include communication and presentation, collaboration and teamwork, problem solving, self-reflection and resilience. Mentors will also be among the first to be invited to our events, providing fantastic opportunities to form new friendships and professional connections. 

Requirements of mentors and mentees

To become a mentor you must:

  • Be at least a second year student in Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Optometry, or a related conjoint degree at the University of Auckland in 2019

  • Have a passion for helping others, a caring and understanding attitude, and be a positive and supportive role-model to your mentees

  • Commit to attending the Mentoring Programme Wānanga (Saturday 23rd March) and other compulsory mentoring programme events throughout the year

  • Organise at least three face-to-face meetings per semester with your mentees

  • Stay in contact with your mentees at least once per fortnight

To become a mentee you must:

  • Be a first year student in Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing or a related conjoint degree at the University of Auckland in 2019

  • Have a desire to learn from older woman students and make the most of opportunities throughout the year

  • Commit to attending the Mentoring Programme Wānanga (Saturday 23rd March) and other compulsory mentoring programme events throughout the year

  • Attend at least three face-to-face meetings per semester with your mentors

  • Stay in contact with your mentors at least once per fortnight