Information for Students

It can be daunting to think past the end of your degree and what you might be doing next. What does a career in a particular field actually look like in reality? Should you undertake further study? Which companies are a good fit?  Which industry suits you best?

Being mentored is a powerful tool for you to make connections in industry and enhance your employment outcomes, by providing you with insights into the professional world and helping you to expand your knowledge of career options and plan for life after study.

Please read through the eligibility criteria and program structure to consider if you are able to commit to the program this year, and look out for information sessions in Semester One.

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Science Industry Mentoring Team 
 (03) 8344 9802

The benefits of having a mentor

  Mentors challenge, motivate, inspire and empower you to pursue your goals.
Mentoring is a great way to:
  • Find out about alternative career paths and options post-study, and also broaden your horizons to explore new opportunities
  • Gain confidence and a career direction
  • Learn from a professional about how to successfully adjust to the working world
  • Develop your career plan and align your goals to your values
  • Increase your confidence in networking and your professional communication skills
  • Improve your chances of securing a job or graduate admission by developing a professional CV and practicing your interviewing technique
  • Be more informed about graduate study and career options

The structure and matching process

  This program is facilitated by University staff who will support you and your mentor throughout the program.
Program Structure

The Science Industry Mentoring Program is a career-based informal mentoring program. The aim of this program is to expand your knowledge of, and connection with, the professional world.
  • Program runs from June - October
  • Successful students are matched with an alumni mentor
  • Meet at least 3 times over the course of the program
  • The frequency and length of meetings are negotiable with your mentor
  • Participants sign off on a mentoring agreement which outlines your proposed meeting schedule and mentoring goals
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet other mentors and mentees through networking events

Matching Process

When matching you with a mentor we will take into consideration:
  • Your personal preferences - recorded via the application form
  • Whether your preferences match with registered mentors
  • Your motivations for participating in the program
  • Your level of commitment to the program
You will also have the chance to talk to program administrators at the mentoring information sessions prior to matching taking place, to ask questions about the matching process.

Eligibility Criteria

  Only students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a mentor in this program
We cannot guarantee all students who apply for this program will be matched with a mentor. We will endeavour to match as many students as possible to mentors.

To be eligible for the Science Industry Mentoring Program students need to:
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate Science coursework degree program
  • Submit an application form by the application deadline (18 May 2018)
  • Attend one of the compulsory preparation sessions (Dates to be advised)
There will be one intake per year.

The Mentee's Role

  The success of a mentoring partnership is dependent on a mentee's commitment to engage with their mentor.
Students who wish to participate as a mentee need to commit to:
  • Being available between June and October to meet with a mentor
  • Meeting at least 3 times between June to October
  • Taking responsibility for the mentoring relationship which includes initiating and managing the mentoring meetings
  • Consider topics of discussion and questions before each meeting
  • Be punctual to meetings
  • Communicate regularly and promptly with mentor (based on agreement)
  • Honour commitments
  • Keep shared information confidential
  • A relationship built on mutual trust, respect and professionalism

Mentoring at Melbourne Student Workshops

  Students will be required to sign up for one of the workshops being held prior to the matching process
The preparation workshops will provide you with an overview of the program, provide details of the matching and application process and include tips for making the most of your mentoring partnerships. This will also be a chance to ask questions and meet other students interested in mentoring.


How can I register to become a mentee?

  Registrations for students will open in on March 8, and will remain open until May 18.
Please click here to register.
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