A prestigious mentoring program aimed at forging higher education pathways for senior students has been launched at Our Lady's College.
COMPASS – A Collaboration of Minds: Professionals Advancing Senior Students pairs high achieving Year 11 students with mentors across a range of career fields.
The students, along with their parents, met their professional partner for the first time at the breakfast launch, held at the College Hall in Annerley on May 26.
College Principal Paula Goodwin said the program was designed in 2019 to help build an understanding of a profession of interest, particularly for prospective 'first-in-family' university students.
“The initiative came about as a number of our senior students, who are interested in tertiary education at the end of their Senior schooling, would be the first in their family's history to study at university and gain a degree to pursue a chosen professional career," she said.
“Similarly, many of these students have limited exposure through extended family and friends to the variety of career choices that can be accessed through a tertiary qualification.
“The professional partner's involvement in the program helps to enhance our students' motivation to achieve success with their current studies and boost their confidence to pursue tertiary studies in the future."
Interested students completed an application that included an indication of a career field of interest and were then teamed up with a highly accomplished professional working within the students' chosen field.
This year, the professionals involved come from a variety of fields including physiotherapy, psychology, commerce, psychiatry, medicine, engineering, astrophysics and architecture.
Over the next few months, students will meet regularly with their mentors who will provide valuable first-hand information and advice about their field of expertise.
Students will complete a multimodal report to showcase the knowledge they have gained, and this will be presented at a COMPASS Showcase finale in August