Students from China or other countries may require assistance while adjusting to an unfamiliar environment, especially in their first year. The transition from their home country to a foreign education institution can make them feel lost without proper guidance. Implementing business mentoring programmes in your educational institution can send your international students off to a great start.
What Should Your Business Mentoring Programme Contain?
Your goal in this business mentoring programme is to give an in-depth introduction about your institution to your students. Ideally, the programme can be cut into several sessions, so they can appreciate and digest the information properly as opposed to being fed all the details in one sitting. The content can consist of campus sections and directions, using student email and online resources, time management and degree planning, dealing with academic pressure and privileges available to enroled students. You may also include information on internships and part-time work in the institution for students who want to gain experience and a source of income.
While your admissions process ensures that international students meet English proficiency requirements, their level comfort with the second language may still need improvement. You can help them with intercultural skills workshops where they can learn to participate in classes and group activities with ease, see striking similarities with Australia’s and their home culture and enhance their communication skills significantly.
International Student Mentors
A set of certified mentors can be assigned to your Chinese students or students of other nationalities, who will support them through challenges relating to language or culture. Students can meet one-on-one with the international mentors for dedicated consultations. They will be the ones delivering your content and helping students at every step of the way. It’s important that your mentors have an advanced knowledge of the institution’s rules, a good grasp of Australian culture and policies and, preferably, experience in interacting with international students.
You can evaluate the business mentor programme’s impact by having participants fill up an evaluation form. The contents of this form can be designed by your mentors so they can identify questions that will indicate if the student has found the programme helpful and effective in improving their overall experience in the institution.
Time frame and Commitment
As mentioned earlier, business mentoring programmes and workshops can be divided into different parts to be conducted on the start of the academic year, spanning 2-3 months in length for 1-2 days a week. Build awareness about the programme with the help of your institution’s student affairs office or the concerned department, posting announcements in selected areas of the campus grounds and on your official website. International students will certainly appreciate the programme more if they relate to the content delivered in each sessions.
Offering business mentoring programmes will give your international students from China or other countries a chance to gain pertinent knowledge straight from the teachings of credible practitioners and professionals. Students can also learn a lot from the actual observations, helpful insights and professional development tips from the business mentors. This mentoring will enhance student satisfaction and confidence in the educational institution.
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