Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring

From our cohort of Access Monash mentors, a number are selected each year to participate in the Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program. This program supports student mentors who show leadership potential and have experienced educational disadvantage.

Students are matched with Monash alumni mentors, who provide one-on-one mentoring with a focus on industry knowledge, networks, career planning and personal development.

The connection, guidance and inspiration provided by the alumni mentors assist students to transition successfully to the workplace and beyond.

Activities include:

  • One-on-one mentoring opportunities where students meet semi-regularly with their paired mentor who provides career advice, introduces their networks and exposes students to the realities, challenges and rewards of working in their chosen field
  • Workplace experience and shadowing – students spend time in the workplace with their mentor to gain a greater understanding of professional roles and workplace culture
  • Small group mentoring with recent graduates (two to five years out) – students gain practical advice in an informal setting.

Expressions of interest are now open for you to participate in the program as an alumni mentor. We'll be matching mentors and mentees in February, with the annual program starting in April. You must be available to participate in the program induction on Wednesday 1 April.

  • The program will run over the course of the academic year (April to October)
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to meet face to face, four to six times over the course of the mentoring
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  • Face-to-face meetings are to be supported by regular contact via phone, email or Skype as agreed upon by mentors and mentees
  • Alumni mentors will invite their mentee to at least one external professional networking event

Mentees are selected based on the outstanding commitment they have made to Access Monash and their achievements at university and in their community. Many have overcome significant barriers to study at Monash and some may be the first member of their family to attend university.

Mentors are selected based on their life and professional experience and their willingness to share their time, skills and workplace with a student. If you are interested, please email us.

Mentees are final year students selected from the cohort of Access Monash mentors.

As a mentee, you are matched with Monash alumni mentors, who provide one-on-one mentoring with a focus on industry knowledge, networks, career planning and personal development.

The Betty Amsden Alumni Mentoring Program connects you with Monash alumni working in your chosen industry and aims to support you in making a successful transition from university to the workforce.

You are also invited to two on-campus professional development events. You must be available to participate in the program induction on Wednesday 1 April.

Dr Betty Amsden AO was one of Victoria's most visible and vocal advocates for philanthropy. Passionate about mentoring younger generations to become future leaders, Betty provided a generous seed gift which made this program possible.

The Betty Amsden foundation is committed to funding this program for five years. Each year, 10 scholarships valued at $6000 will be offered to students in the program.

Mentor testimonials

"I see my mentee as an outstanding leader though she does not necessarily recognise this. I wanted her to see that leadership is not a position in an organisation, rather it is achieved through developing capabilities and exercising those capabilities every day in every situation."

Cheryl Batagol, Chair of the Environment Protection Authority for Victoria

“I've had so many great mentors during my time at university and in my career, so I wanted to give back and help someone else through this program. It has been a great opportunity for me to pass on the knowledge I learnt. I've benefited from seeing my mentee flourish and grow from the mentoring I provided.”

Shahzad Billimoria, NG Systems Analyst

“What motivates me to be a mentor in this program is the opportunity to give back to the Monash community and shape someone's future career journey. In this program, there is a lot of support and structure which helps build the relationship between mentor and mentee at the start. I aim to support my mentees so they can avoid the mistakes I made and take up new opportunities under my guidance.”

Guillaume Bailin, Managing Lawyer

Mentee testimonials

"I now see work in the perspective of achieving an ultimate purpose rather than as a career path for achieving a salary. Through developing my skills, networks, and capabilities I hope to eventually change something big for the better.”

Trinity Woodman,  Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, Economics and Applied Mathematics

“I joined the Betty Amsden mentoring program through the Access Monash mentoring program. I was keen on a mentor because I wanted guidance through my final year of university and to gain insight into the working world. I highly recommend this program because you get a greater level of insight from your alumni mentor who has been in the industry for years, compared to your peers.”

Jennifer Nguyen, Bachelor of Commerce and Information Technology

Testimonial: Trinity Woodman and Cheryl Batagol

Trinity Woodman was in her final year studying the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, Economics and Applied Mathematics when she joined the Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program. She wanted a mentor who could support her in deciding what career path would suit her passions and interests when she graduated. She was matched with Cheryl Batagol, who is the Chair of the Environment Protection Authority for Victoria and was keen to provide a helping hand to others and give back to the community.

Trinity and Cheryl met every few weeks and had an immediate connection. At their first mentoring session, Cheryl helped Trinity formulate three goals for the year:

  • To connect with industries and understand their similarities, differences and her interests in each.
  • To develop a 5-year career plan.
  • To get a job.

During the program, Trinity and Cheryl discussed Trinity's interests, potential career paths, decision making, work-life balance, management and interview techniques. Cheryl introduced Trinity to her contacts in different industries who were happy to talk to Trinity about their organisation, its values, culture and where she could fit in. Cheryl recognised Trinity had strong leadership potential and helped her confidence grow.

"I see Trinity as an outstanding leader though she does not necessarily recognise this. I wanted to her to see that leadership is not a position in an organisation, rather it is achieved through developing capabilities and exercising those capabilities every day in every situation," Cheryl said.

With Cheryl's help, Trinity successfully secured a position in the Victorian Public Service's Graduate Program, where she will be an analyst in the Department of Treasury and Finance. Trinity sees this as a good fit for her and she is looking forward to her future there.

"I now see work in the perspective of achieving an ultimate purpose rather than as a career path for achieving a salary. Through developing my skills, networks, and capabilities I hope to eventually change something big for the better," Trinity said.

Important Dates

Mentor applications open 29 January
Mentor applications close 9 March
Mentee invitations February 2020
Program induction 1 April
Program graduation 22 October

Program Contact

Kate Tobin
E: mentoring@monash.edu

Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring

Length: 8 months

Program type: Alumni to Student

Location: All campuses

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