Program Information for Alumni
Connect from anywhere in the world, any time of day, and meet with students in a format and time frame that suit you.
A calm word of encouragement or a piece of inspiring advice is often all that's needed to help a student see the future more clearly. The Ask Alumni program is a flexible way for you to give the advice and support that'll make a world of difference to students, one conversation at a time.
Ask Alumni is a new mentoring program providing you with the opportunity to connect with current University of Melbourne students for one-off career conversations. The program launched in August 2018 and we welcome your feedback while we continue to build the Ask Alumni community.
- SIGN UP
- Create a new account or sign up using your LinkedIn account
- Complete the Ask Alumni registration form
- Apart from your basic information, provide details of your work history, career areas of expertise and the type of career advice you are willing to provide to students
- Submit your application and wait until your alumni status is confirmed (usually within 24 hours)
- Once accepted, set your connection preferences, update your profile and manage meeting requests
How does it work for alumni?
This is a new University wide pilot program that you can sign up to at any time of the year. Once you submit your application we verify your details against our database to ensure you are alumni of the University. This can take up to two business days.
When your application is accepted, log in to edit or complete your profile and set your preferences to indicate which time frames you would like to schedule your 30-minute conversations and the maximum number of 'meetings' you can commit to per month.
Students in Ask Alumni can search for and view your profile then reach out to request a meeting. Meetings can take place via:
- Video call
- Phone call
- Email exchange
- Face to face
What is expected of me as a mentor?
Be realistic with your time when setting your preferences. This will help students to plan the meetings at a convenient time for both of you.
Be aware that students in this program may be from any academic discipline, any stage of their educational journey and any background, and because of this they may be interested in chatting to you for many different reasons. Keep an open mind, try to understand your mentees' motivations and share your experiences in a positive and encouraging way.
Make sure you read and understand the Ask Alumni Policies and Procedures.
Who can see my profile information?
All students 18 years and older with a University of Melbourne login can sign up for Ask Alumni and view the visible sections of your profile. They won't be able to see your direct contact information until you accept a meeting request from them.
Other alumni mentors in Ask Alumni won't be able to view your profile. If you would like to start or join a conversation with other mentors, you can do this through the Forums feature where your posts will show as anonymous. This is especially useful for sharing your mentoring questions and tips.
For the purposes of ensuring the program continues to meet all expectations, program administrators will also be able to view your profile information and your activities within the program.