If you are in your final year or second-to-last year of study at VU, we encourage you to participate in our unique mentoring programs.

You may be mentored by a VU alumnus or by one of VU's many industry partners.

Talent Connect Mentoring Programs help you get career-ready as you come to the end of your study.

Mentoring programs include:

  • Industry Mentoring
  • Alumni Mentoring.

Industry Mentoring

The Talent Connect Industry Mentoring Program matches students (mentees) with an industry partner (mentor) to assist in the transition from university to work. It focuses on industry connections in a range of disciplines.

Through a series of mentoring sessions, you can gain advice and support regarding your employability skills, career direction, networking and applications.

Applications are open for the Industry Mentoring program.

To be eligible, you must be in your penultimate or final year studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course. As our Industry Partners currently set the criteria of the types of discipline(s) they wish to see, this is currently offered to students studying:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Accounting
  • International Trade
  • Management
  • IT and ITS
  • Engineering (Architectural Engineering; specialising in Building Design)

Please visit Industry Mentoring for further information.

Alumni Mentoring Program

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

The program offers a series of highly engaging, practical and interactive masterclasses 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 will receive a further six months of personalised, practical career support from your alumni mentor.

Aimed to set you up for career success, this unique program is committed to supporting you to succeed beyond your academic studies.

Masterclasses

The Alumni Mentoring Program offers you access to a series of masterclasses, designed and delivered by experts in the careers, recruitment and employability fields.

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

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

Mentoring

The Alumni Mentoring Program will match you with an experienced industry professional, and former student of VU, 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.

“The Talent Connect Program gave me valuable insights on how to secure an internship and graduate program before I graduate. Masterclasses were very interactive and full of fun activities to practise learned strategies.”

Megha Bote, Master of Engineering, Alumni Mentoring 2019

Benefits for students

The Alumni Mentoring Program 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 Alumni Mentoring Program will be listed on your VU Extra Transcript once you have completed all elements of the program.

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

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be:

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

Register for Alumni Mentoring Semester Two 2019

Applications are open for the 2019 Alumni Mentoring Program.

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

Apply for Alumni Mentoring Semester Two 2019

Mentors & employers

VU has strong connections with alumni and industry employers, who help to make our Alumni Mentoring 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.

Contact us

If you have any queries about our Talent Connect Alumni Mentoring program please get in touch with our Talent Connect Student Mentoring Administrator.

Email: talent.connect@vu.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9919 4951