MESS welcomes 1250 new members after O Week

MESS students

Joining the Monash Engineering Student Society (MESS) has benefits beyond just the barbecues and beers. Recognised as the largest academic club at Monash after signing up an impressive 1250 extra members during O Week, MESS members are now all set to take advantage of the social, academic and industry support the student-run society will provide.

“We had a strong presence during O Week and a good team behind us,” said MESS President Maddison McFadden. “We had a lot of first years' sign up during the week, with a lot of final year students joining us over the weeks since. It’s definitely not too late to join, as we take memberships all the way through the year.”

Participating in social events like on campus barbecues, special event balls and camps is just one of the important benefits offered by MESS, and it’s not solely for the purpose of having a good time. “It’s also about connecting across the year levels and engineering disciplines,” explained Maddison. “Once you get to your final year engineering assessments, you start needing the input from other disciplines. You might be specialising in chemical engineering, but you need the help of an electrical or mechanical engineer, so knowing people in the other streams becomes very important.”

With MESS, you’ll also receive help to get on the front foot with networking and job skills development. For example, on the yearly ‘Industry Night’, students take part in simulated job interviews with industry partners, who provide on-the-spot feedback and advice. Casual events like Beers With Engineers also help to connect student with potential employers in a more relaxed and informal setting. “Beers With Engineers is really popular with students and industry,” said Maddison. “It provides a great opportunity for older students closer to graduation and looking for their first job opportunity, but younger students can also come to make connections and practice their networking skills.”

Although semester 1 is now underway, it’s never too late to join MESS. Find out more information about MESS membership, support and events over on their website, and to discover the full range of different specialist engineering clubs, check out Monash Clubs and Societies.