Many young Australians don’t get the opportunity to meet and connect with industry role models. This can be even harder to do for young people in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.
MyRoad helps to address this problem. MyRoad gives young people the opportunity to engage with volunteer mentors from many different jobs and industries. This helps them better understand career paths available to them and the changing world of work.
MyRoad sessions are great for schools because they are:
- Run for only 1.5 hours
- Happen online
- Align to the national curriculum
For volunteer mentors, MyRoad gives a great volunteer opportunity because:
- It involves a short time commitment – 1.5 hour mentor session plus some online training
- It can be done from your home or workplace
- You can have any type of work experience or industry background to get involved
- You only need a Working with Children Check to get involved
This is what the teachers say:
“Collarenebri Central School signed up with Beacon and the MyRoad program as it is the perfect platform to connect quality industry/career mentors with our students in a safe environment. Due to geographical distances we are unable to source and meet with mentors in a physical capacity and the online platform works wonderfully to allow our students to explore the world of work. The feedback from students has been positive, with all stating they found participating in the MyRoad program improved their confidence, expanded their knowledge base on future possibilities and enjoyed interacting with someone outside their community. I would recommend any teacher thinking about MyRoad to sign-up and incorporate this fantastic program for their students.”
Rachael Shearer, Vocational Education Teacher and Coordinator, Collarenebri Central School (NSW)
“The My Road Mentor program has provided an amazing opportunity for our students to access mentoring in the virtual world. The students not only really enjoyed the experience they also spoke of the interesting and helpful information they received, at a time when they are experiencing new situations and also having to make challenging decisions about their futures. The organisation and delivery of the program was seamless, students also enjoyed being able to ask questions and discuss issues. Thank you very much to the Beacon Foundation for making this available to our students!”
Rebecca Hamment, Careers AdvisorStudent Welfare Co-ordinator, Lithgow High School (NSW)
“Being a rural school it’s often difficult to access resources & programs so the lure of an online activity that students could complete at school was very enticing. Also providing our female students with some strong positive female mentors and role models was a great way to build aspiration and inspiration. Mentors have helped students build self belief and have opened their eyes to opportunities and pathways. Through the sharing of personal journeys and stories students learn about different careers, pathways and transitions which helps build their confidence to follow their own dreams. The program is well run, easy to access and use and the technical support is fantastic. Students enjoy meeting and speaking with their mentors and the vibes after completing the program are confident and positive. The mentors share their stories in relatable ways and encourage students to think through their own goals and plans. As a teacher this is the best part of the program – listening to students openly discuss their current accomplishments and future goals and plans”.
Deb White, Careers Adviser, Finley High School (NSW)