Mentoring skills are a great way to get you career ready, and getting yourself a great mentor is easy. Pick someone in a career you’re interested in, or even a parent or teacher, and fire away with all your burning career questions. You can set up meetings once a month, or just chat on the phone every so often.
If you don’t know a great candidate off the top of your head, ask around! Working on your mentoring skills a great way to demystify STEM careers and get a useful insight into whether their job is the right career for you. If your mentor isn’t working in your dream career, they’ll still be a great source of general career and study advice.
Three people at the top of their game in different STEM careers took a call from up-and-comers in their field to show us just how useful mentoring can be.
Taylor and Merritt
Taylor has been a competitive dancer since age eight. From hip-hop to ballet – you name it, she’s done it (and won it) all! Taylor is now studying a Bachelor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and taking her current semester abroad at UNSW.
Photo: Katherine Marie Photo
Merritt Moore defies the laws of career expectations. She’s pursuing both ballet and quantum physics at a professional level, and currently dances for the Norwegian National Ballet.
Kunjil and Dean
Kunjil is a 13-year-old student from Queensland who loves geography and science… and dreams of becoming the next Steph Curry.
Dean Foley is a proud Kamilaroi man who has built his business from the ground up. Dean heads up ‘Barayamal’, the Indigenous startup accelerator that teaches entrepreneurship and business skills.
Mikaela and Julian
Julian Burgess is a multi-talented designer, animator and director with over 20 years experience in the creative industries.
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.