VU's Talent Connect Alumni Mentoring Program uses the skills and real-life industry experience of our alumni to help new graduates in their transition from education to employment.

 

Benefits of being a Talent Connect mentor

Our alumni become mentors for a variety of reasons, including getting involved with the VU community and enriching their own professional experience.

When you become a mentor you can:

  • develop and hone your professional mentoring and communication skills
  • feel good about volunteering to share your experiences and insights
  • help a fellow alumni kick start their career
  • stay connected with the latest industry research and trends
  • keep up-to-date with the latest university teaching.

You might even find your next colleague or employee!

Eligibility

To be eligible to act as a mentor in the program, you must be VU alumni, with two or more years of professional industry experience. Most importantly, you need to be willing to share your expertise and know-how.

Mentor responsibilities

Sharing your career journey and experiences with new VU alumni is a small commitment that can make a big difference.

Spend an hour per month

As a VU alumni mentor we ask that you spend at least one hour per month with your mentee. You can use this time to help them set goals, support their personal and professional development, model professional behaviours and challenge them to go outside their comfort zone. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Face-to-face meetings: Meet with your mentee to discuss your occupation, roles and job function, and give job-seeking advice and strategies.
  • Job shadowing: Allow your mentee to job shadow you for a few hours or a day, observing your daily work routine and gaining insight into your industry and work expectations.
  • Online meetings: Discuss career-related questions via phone, email, Skype or LinkedIn during times when you can't meet in person.

For more information on the program, please read the Talent Connect Handbook.

Alumni Mentoring Program launch

At the beginning of the program, you'll need to attend the program launch to meet your mentee. Please bring your diary along to the event, to set up the first mentoring meeting.

You’ll be advised of the launch details upon registration.

Start mentoring

Final-year students electing to be in the program will participate in a range of career-development and employability workshops. You’ll be matched with a mentee following their completion / graduation to help support them during this transition.

Mentoring commences around May and November each year for a period of 6 months.

Keep in touch

After three months, you'll get a phone call from an Alumni Relations Officer to discuss the program.

After the six-month mentoring period, we'll ask you to complete a survey. The results from the survey will help us to improve the program for future participants.

Other ways to get involved

In addition to, or instead of, being a mentor, you can get involved in the Talent Connect program in the following ways.

Recruitment masterclasses

Participate in specialised workshops that cover a range of topics, including:

  • writing effective job applications
  • interview preparation
  • networking.

Recruit or place VU students & recent graduates

We can connect you with VU students and graduates, promote your employment opportunities and raise your brand profile among the future workforce.

Find out about how to recruit or place VU students.

Apply or register your interest

Want to get involved? We welcome applications and enquiries any time.

We have two intakes a year, usually in May and November.

Please note: We'll try to match alumni mentors with the study major of the mentee wherever possible. As this is currently a pilot program, we may not be able to place you in a mentoring partnership immediately. We'll keep you up-to-date on the program and contact you when a suitable partnership is available.

Contact us

Phone: +61 3 9919 8745
Email: alumni@vu.edu.au