Business School Industry and Alumni Mentoring

Navigating through university and into the working world can be a challenge at times. With guidance from someone who’s walked a similar path, student mentees will feel better equipped to make their next move.

Mentoring is a collaborative learning relationship where both parties share mutual responsibility and accountability. The goal is to help the mentee work towards the fulfilment of clear and agreed goals. This happens through a series of time-limited, confidential, one-on-one conversations and other learning activities with a mentor.

The Monash Business School mentors come from a variety of private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations, and many have management and leadership experience. All are dedicated industry professionals who have volunteered to support future entrants into the working world.

Mentees are penultimate and final-year Monash Business School students, who will be individually matched with a mentor relevant to their professional goals. Over the course of the semester, mentors and mentees meet frequently providing the opportunity for mentees to learn how to best set themselves up for success in a supportive environment.

Are you a business or alumni professional interested in helping shape the future of our students? This program could be for you.

Please note current Monash staff and students (including PhD) are not eligible to be mentors in this program.

Program aims:

  • Create a professional and career focussed program that focuses on employability skill development;
  • Assist our student mentees gain insight into specific industry sectors and assist them to gain career clarity;
  • Establish and grow a professional network;
  • Assist our student mentees gain confidence in a professional setting; and
  • Assist our student mentees in their transition from university to work

Benefits:

  • Contribute to the career and leadership development of a Monash student;
  • Help shape a student’s future; and
  • Learn from the next generation of leaders in their profession

Eligibility:

  • Be able to commit to meeting your mentee a minimum of once every fortnight during semester
  • Be able to commit at least one hour of your time per mentoring session over the semester

To receive a Certificate of Completion, mentors must:

  • Actively participate in the program
  • Submit the end of program survey

Key dates and activities:

  • Duration of the program is 12 weeks and runs in both university semesters
  • At the start of the program you'll be invited to attend a mentor induction session, followed by the program launch event
  • Mid-way through the program, you'll be invited to attend a networking event where you'll have the opportunity to meet and network with other program participants, and help mentees build on their networking skills in a comfortable environment
  • The program concludes with a thank you function where you'll have the opportunity to network with other mentees and mentors, and hear how their mentoring relationships developed throughout the program

Benefits:

  • Create a professional and career-focussed outlook that develops your employability skills;
  • Gain career clarity and expand your knowledge of career paths available to you;
  • Develop insight into key employability skills and capabilities sought by and valued by employers;
  • Gain insights into employment in specific industry sectors;
  • Learn insights on how to effectively make the transition from university to work;
  • Establish and grow your professional network;
  • Grow your confidence in a professional setting; and
  • Develop insight from your mentor’s professional and personal experience and knowledge

Eligibility:

  • Current Monash Business School penultimate or final year student
  • Have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 or above
  • Be able to commit to meeting your mentor a minimum of once every fortnightly during semester
  • Be able to commit at least one hour of your time per week during semester

To receive a Certificate of Completion, mentees must:

  • Actively participate in the program
  • Attend all mandatory events
  • Submit the end of program survey

Key dates and activities:

  • Duration of the program is 12 weeks and runs in both semesters
  • Eligible penultimate and final year students will receive an invitation to apply to be a mentee
  • At the start of the program you'll undertake a compulsory mentee training session, followed by the program launch event
  • Mid-way through the program, you will be invited to attend a networking event where you'll have the opportunity to meet and network with other program participants, and build on your networking skills in a comfortable environment
  • The program concludes with a thank you function where you can thank your mentor formally, network with other mentees and their mentors, and hear how their mentoring relationships developed within the program

Mentor testimonials

“The Monash Business School Industry and Alumni mentoring program is excellent. The support team are very professional and do a great job to make the program successful. I trust that the team is recognised for the contribution that they make to the university. The matching and organisation are very well done. Thank you.”

- Kaylene, Senior Director

“I had a great first-time experience with the Monash Business School Industry and Alumni mentoring program. It's nice to feel like you are contributing to someone’s future.”

- Lee, Branding Consultant

"This program has been such a rewarding experience and I have really enjoyed getting to know my mentee. The Chronus mentoring platform was a great resource and helped create a seamless experience for us. I hope to stay involved in future!"

- Yoni, Lawyer

Mentee testimonials

"Joining this program might be one of the best decisions I've made during university life. I learnt so much from my mentor and experienced change and growth during these weeks. I wouldn't have been able to step out of my comfort zone to express myself or be more confident without the encouragement from my mentor.

I also met other mentees and made friends! Highly recommend other students join this program. You'll definitely get more than what you expect."

- Winifred, Master of Business

"I learnt a lot and built a great relationship with my mentor. Being an international student, I had limited understanding about the work culture and career opportunities in Australia. I've been able to explore the various career opportunities and growth prospects in my field. My mentor also helped me develop confidence, teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills, which will help immensely in my career."

- Kimberly, Master of Banking and Finance

“Joining the Monash Business School Industry and Alumni mentoring program has been a very rewarding experience. Not only have I been able to learn invaluable advice from my mentor, I have been able to develop myself professionally and personally.”

- Alysa, Bachelor of Commerce

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Important Dates

Mentor applications openMonday 25 January, 2021
Mentor applications closeSunday 14 February, 2021
Mentee applications openMonday 25 January, 2021
Mentee applications closeSunday 14 February, 2021
Program commencesMonday 1 March, 2021

Program Contact

Gillian Skwarek
Graduate Development
Monash Business School
buseco-graduatedevelopment@monash.edu

Business School Industry and Alumni Mentoring

Length: 12 weeks

Program type: Industry to Student

Location: All campuses

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