Our Career Mentoring Program matches students (mentees) with an industry professional (mentors) to assist in the transition from university to work. It focuses on industry connections in banking, finance and IT.

Through a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions you can gain advice and support with career direction, networking, skills assessment, job hunting and applications.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be in your final or penultimate year, with a genuine interest in the IT industry (IBM Program), or be studying an Accounting or Banking and Finance related course (NAB Program).

If these criteria don't match your study areas, you may be able to find a career mentor through our job-ready program, Talent Connect.

How it works

The Career Mentoring Program runs twice a year, with a new group of mentees selected each semester.

Once selected, you (the mentee) attend an induction session and get matched with a mentor.

You will arrange four to six meetings with your mentor, over a period of 6-12 weeks. Each meeting is approximately 60 minutes and takes place in an agreed location and time – usually in the CBD.

The one-on-one mentoring allows you to discuss your career aspirations or concerns and helps prepare you for the transition from university to work.

You will receive ongoing support from VU's Student Career Development team and comprehensive program instruction manuals.

Benefits

Participation allows you to:

  • discover what employers are looking for in new employees/graduates
  • explore options for work experience, site visits and job shadowing
  • develop professional networks in your chosen discipline
  • raise your awareness of career paths/job options for graduates in your discipline/course
  • improve your interviewing technique
  • develop resumes relevant to your desired industry/job
  • gain knowledge of work/industry expectations and culture.

The program is fully funded for students.

Industry mentors

Our mentors have a range of professional experiences, and use their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings for educational and/or career development purposes. They come from industry partners including:

  • National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • IBM
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Suncorp Cundall.

Program awards & successes

Since the program began in 2011 there have been:

  • 600 student mentees
  • 300 industry mentors.

We’ve received several awards to recognise these positive outcomes:

  • 2013 Excellence in International Education – finalist – Student Employability & Careers (Victoria Government)
  • 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in Learning & Teaching Programs that Enhance learning (VU)
  • 2012 Victorian Training, Education & Development Award (Industry Association)
  • 2011 Pro-Vice Chancellor's Award for Best Individual Initiative (VU).

These awards acknowledge the positive feedback from the program and significant enhancement in student employability.

Contact us

For more information on how to register for the program, email: learninghub@vu.edu.au