Graduate development

Maximising Graduate Development

To enhance students’ ability to secure jobs, our professional development programs sped up during the pandemic.

Monash Business School offers professional development programs to its 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their learning and eventual work environments.

Behind these programs are Mr Chris Keynes and Ms Gillian Skwarek from the Graduate Development team whose work has been acknowledged with a 2020 Dean’s Award for Professional Excellence.

Despite the lack of an on-campus presence for most of 2020, Mr Keynes and Ms Skwarek actually increased direct engagement with industry during the year.

With increased resources for students to maximise their graduate employment prospects, students were offered more ways to plan their careers and find work, despite a difficult year.

This included more than 1,500 hours of industry-alumni mentoring, employer-delivered workshops, a ‘lunchbox’ series covering networking, personal branding, Excel and interview techniques, and a discipline specific ‘Explorer Series’ featuring employers, graduates and academics.

Approximately 400 students attended an international virtual careers fair via a partnership with the Business School’s accreditation partner, European Foundation for Management Development.

Bespoke professional development sessions were also offered to all Business School clubs and societies.

During International Student Week there were 700 attendees of learning sessions on resume writing, job hunting, plus a special work rights session from the Fairwork Ombudsman.

“In 2020, there was no doubt the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of Mr Keynes and Ms Skwarek enhanced our brand and reputation with both industry partners and students alike,” says Karen McRae, Group Manager, Student and Education Services.