Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring

Access Monash mentors are invited to apply to participate in the Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program. This program supports 20 students each year who have shown 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 with their mentor to gain a greater understanding of professional roles and workplace culture.

Give back and participate in this program as an alumni mentor! We'll be matching mentors and mentees in January and February 2023.

  • The program will run over the course of the academic year (March to October).
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to meet face to face, four to six times over the course of the mentoring relationship.
  • Face-to-face meetings are to be supported by regular contact via phone, email or video call as agreed upon by mentors and mentees.
  • Mentors are required to attend the program induction.
  • If possible, alumni mentors will invite their mentee to at least one professional experience, this could be an opportunity to shadow you in the workplace or attend a networking event or meeting.

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.

If you are an Access Monash mentor in your final year of study, you will be invited to apply to participate in the Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program as a mentee.

The program connects you with a Monash alumni mentor working in your chosen industry and aims to support you in making a successful transition from university to the workforce.

  • The program will run over the course of the academic year (March to October).
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to meet face to face, four to six times over the course of the mentoring relationship.
  • Face-to-face meetings are to be supported by regular contact via phone, email or video call as agreed upon by mentors and mentees.
  • If possible, alumni mentors will invite their mentees to at least one external professional experience, this could be a networking event or meeting.
  • You are required to attend the program induction, two on-campus professional development events and the close of the program celebration.
  • Mentees receive a scholarship valued at $6000.

Eligibility:

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian humanitarian visa holder

You must meet the following criteria:

  • A continuing Monash undergraduate coursework student.
  • Have completed at least 12 months of service as an Access Monash Mentor, within the last two years prior to appointment.
  • From an under-represented community.
  • Be in your final year in 2023 (or expected completion by semester 1, 2024).

Be available to attend the:

  • Induction breakfast on Thursday 16 March 2023, and
  • End of Year celebration on Thursday 26 October 2023.

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, 20 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 invitationsJanuary 2023
Mentee invitations September 2022
Program induction 16 March 2023
Program graduation 26 October 2023

Program Contact

Jackie Rudd
E: mentoring@monash.edu

Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring

Length: 8 months

Program type: Alumni to Student

Location: All campuses

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