Talent Connect is a career and job-readiness program designed to help final-year students successfully transition from university to the world of work.

Talent Connect offers a series of highly engaging, practical and interactive masterclasses and career coaching sessions during your final year of study. These ensure you are well prepared to navigate the job-search and graduate-employment market.

Once you have graduated, you'll receive a further six months of personalised, practical career support from your Talent Connect alumni mentor.

Aimed to set you up for career success, this exclusive program is committed to supporting you to succeed beyond your degree.

Talent Connect

Masterclasses

Talent Connect offers exclusive access to a series of four masterclasses, designed and delivered by experts in the careers, recruitment and employability fields.

In addition to learning to navigate graduate-recruitment processes, you'll:

  • create and practice your elevator pitch
  • develop your own responses to interview questions
  • participate in mock interviews 
  • start designing a practical career action plan.

Career coaching

Coaching sessions provide you with the opportunity to develop personalised career goals, and a career action plan.

Talent Connect offers participants the following coaching, led by an experienced and accredited career coach:

  • two one-hour career coaching experiences
  • a group coaching session
  • a one-to-one personalised coaching session.

Mentoring

Talent Connect will match you with an alumni mentor: an experienced industry professional who will work closely with you for six months after graduation.

As you begin to apply for jobs in the highly competitive graduate employment market, your mentor will:

  • support you to gain valuable industry insights
  • advise you on how to develop strong industry connections
  • provide you with career advice and support.

“Talent Connect gave me an advantage in landing a graduate job by providing me with practical skills that apply to the real-world”

Amanda FordBachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Art Sociology and History, Talent Connect 2017

Benefits for students

Talent Connect will give you the professional edge needed to kick start your career.

It will also assist in:

  • enhancing your personal confidence
  • increasing your job search and application skills
  • growing your professional network
  • gaining insights into the workforce and specific industries
  • defining your career direction and setting career goals
  • identifying potential entry-level graduate roles
  • learning from the professional and personal experiences of others
  • developing your professional identity
  • learning to achieve work / life balance
  • challenging your preconceived ideas and beliefs
  • identifying strategies to help you put your best foot forward.

VU Extra

The Talent Connect program will be listed on your VU Extra Transcript once you've completed all elements of the program.

You can use this transcript as an official record of your extracurricular activities at university.

Eligibility for Talent Connect

To be eligible for Talent Connect, you must be:

  • an undergraduate student
  • in your final year of study
  • planning to find a graduate job upon completion
  • committed to your personal and career development.

Register for Talent Connect

Talent Connect Masterclass Bootcamp 2018

Applications are open now for the one day Talent Connect Masterclass Bootcamp.

  • Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018
  • Time: 9am to 5pm
  • Location: City Flinders campus
  • Application closing date: midnight Sunday 28 October

Please note: preference will be given to those students who expect to graduate in December 2018.

Apply now for Talent Connect Bootcamp

Talent Connect 2019

Applications are also open for the 2019 Talent Connect program.

If you'll be in your final year of study at VU in 2019, please login to Learning Hub to register your interest.

Apply for Talent Connect 2019

Mentors & employers

VU has strong connections with alumni and industry employers, who help to make our Talent Connect program a success.

If you are a VU alumnus, sharing your career journey and experience with VU graduates is a small commitment that can make a big difference.

If you would like to get involved with our program, helping VU students in their transition into employment, we'd love to hear from you.

For more information, read Be an alumni mentor, or contact Sarah Tate, Alumni Relations Officer, +61 3 9919 1413, talent.connect@vu.edu.au.

Contact Talent Connect

If you have any queries about our Talent Connect program please get in touch.

Talent Connect Program Coordinator
Email: talent.connect@vu.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9919 5612