Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program
From our cohort of Access Monash Mentor Leaders, a number are selected each year to participate in the Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program. This program supports Mentor Leaders who show leadership potential and have experienced educational disadvantage. The 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 assists students to transition successfully to the workplace and beyond. Activities include:
- One-on-one mentoring opportunities where Mentor Leaders 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 – Mentor Leaders 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) – Mentor Leaders gain practical advice in an informal setting.
Volunteer to become an Alumni Mentor
We are currently accepting expressions of interest from Monash alumni to participate in the program as Alumni Mentors in 2020. Matching occurs between December - February, with the annual program commencing in March. Alumni 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 for more information.
About Dr Betty Amsden AO
This program was made possible thanks to a generous seed gift provided by Dr Betty Amsden AO, who was one of Victoria's most visible and vocal advocates for philanthropy. Betty was passionate about using her skills and expertise to mentor younger generations to become future leaders and to make a difference. Her generous donation to Monash University is funding scholarships for 25 Betty Amsden Monash Mentor Leaders over five years.
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.