Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Peer Mentoring

We want every student to feel welcome and supported at Monash right from the start. That’s why we’re matching every first-year student with a peer mentor from Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to ease their transition to university life and help them build friendships.

Mentoring will take place across the semester with four main sessions:

  1. Welcome and connect
  2. You and our University
  3. You and your study success
  4. You and your assessments

Beyond this, mentors will check in and offer support at various times. Throughout the program, there will be social events and professional development opportunities for both mentors and mentees to attend.

Become a peer mentor and help guide new students from your faculty as they transition to university and settle into Monash.

As a mentor, you’ll share your knowledge and answer questions about adjusting to life at Monash, while gaining important employability skills and opportunities to participate in career development events. You’ll also be able to network with other like-minded student leaders in the program and make a positive impact on others.

Being a peer mentor in this program, you'll receive priority access to professional development opportunities such as the Alumni to Student mentoring program.

We’re seeking mentors who:

  • Have a desire to help new students get started and succeed at Monash;
  • Are willing to talk about their own university experience;
  • Display strong interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Have the ability to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at an Australian campus for Semester one, 2021 (part-time or full-time study load)
  • A current undergraduate student within Pharmacy, or have recently completed undergraduate study in Pharmacy
  • Be in your second year of study or above
  • Be able to commit to supporting up to 10 commencing students through personal interactions
  • Be able to commit at least 20 hours volunteering throughout the program

To apply:

  • As a new peer mentor, submit a written application through the application button and complete a video application
  • As a current peer mentor, you'll receive an email with re-application instructions

Once you've applied, we'll be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application.

Position description

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Peer Mentor (pdf, 0.17 mb)

As a new student, you’ll be grouped with other first-year students to receive mentoring support from a peer mentor in your first year.

Your mentor will be an experienced student from your faculty who can share knowledge and answer your questions about university life. They can show you where to find programs, resources and services at Monash, so you can have an enjoyable and successful first year.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a first-year undergraduate student

Once the semester starts, your peer mentor will be in touch.

Mentor testimonials

"The best thing about my mentoring experience is getting to know others and building new connections. I've enjoyed the experience of leading as a student and sharing my knowledge with my mentees."

Jeremy Lu, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and Master of Pharmacy Scholars program

Tuition

Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

Testimonial: Trinity Woodman and Cheryl Batagol

Trinity Woodman was in her final year studying the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, Economics and Applied Mathematics when she joined the Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program. She wanted a mentor who could support her in deciding what career path would suit her passions and interests when she graduated. She was matched with Cheryl Batagol, who is the Chair of the Environment Protection Authority for Victoria and was keen to provide a helping hand to others and give back to the community.

Trinity and Cheryl met every few weeks and had an immediate connection. At their first mentoring session, Cheryl helped Trinity formulate three goals for the year:

  • To connect with industries and understand their similarities, differences and her interests in each.
  • To develop a 5-year career plan.
  • To get a job.

During the program, Trinity and Cheryl discussed Trinity's interests, potential career paths, decision making, work-life balance, management and interview techniques. Cheryl introduced Trinity to her contacts in different industries who were happy to talk to Trinity about their organisation, its values, culture and where she could fit in. Cheryl recognised Trinity had strong leadership potential and helped her confidence grow.

"I see Trinity as an outstanding leader though she does not necessarily recognise this. I wanted to her to see that leadership is not a position in an organisation, rather it is achieved through developing capabilities and exercising those capabilities every day in every situation," Cheryl said.

With Cheryl's help, Trinity successfully secured a position in the Victorian Public Service's Graduate Program, where she will be an analyst in the Department of Treasury and Finance. Trinity sees this as a good fit for her and she is looking forward to her future there.

"I now see work in the perspective of achieving an ultimate purpose rather than as a career path for achieving a salary. Through developing my skills, networks, and capabilities I hope to eventually change something big for the better," Trinity said.

Important Dates

Mentor applications open Monday 14 September
Mentor applications close Wednesday 21 October
Mentee invitations February 2021
Program commences Monday 22 February

Program Contact

Mentoring at Monash
E: mentoring@monash.edu

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Peer Mentoring

Length: 6 months

Program type: Peer to Peer

Location: Parkville

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