Women in Technology (WIT) Alumni Mentoring

The Women in Technology Alumni Mentoring program gives women and non-binary IT students the opportunity to build networks, increase confidence and focus on career planning with an alumni mentor.

The Women in Technology Alumni Mentoring program supports women and non-binary IT students in developing their personal and professional goals. Eligible students from second-year and above are paired with an experienced alumni or industry mentor from the IT field.

The mentoring relationship runs from August to October and is a great opportunity for mentees to receive support in academic, career and personal development goals, confidence building, communication, career planning and networking skills. Mentors have the opportunity to offer guidance and support to their mentee as well as  develop their own communication and leadership skills.

While the program aims to assist women (including non-binary) IT student mentees in their IT journey, mentors of any gender are encouraged to be involved.

Mentors and mentees will receive  a range of resources and support materials to assist them through their mentoring journey.

Benefits to mentors

  • Build your professional and personal development, confidence, communication, networking and leadership skills
  • Support your mentee in their academic, career and personal development goals, confidence building, communication, career planning and networking skills
  • Increase your professional networks by connecting with fellow program participants
  • Gain access to potential talent for your organisation

Eligibility criteria

The program will be open to alumni and industry mentors who are:

  1. Any gender
  2. Based locally to Melbourne, Australia
  3. Monash IT alumni or industry mentors from relevant IT fields
  4. Have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC) or the ability to obtain one prior to program launch

Completion Certificate

To be awarded a completion certificate on conclusion of the program, mentors must:

  1. Attend all three events (or have provided reasonable explanation prior to the event explaining inability to attend)
  2. Complete the below surveys:
    1. Pre-program survey
    2. Check-in survey
    3. Evaluation survey

Benefits to mentees

  • Receive guidance and support for your academic, career and personal development goals, confidence building, communication, career planning and networking skills
  • Learn from your mentor’s experience in the IT industry
  • Enhance your graduate outcomes and employability
  • Increase your professional networks by connecting with your mentor and other participants in the program

Eligibility criteria

The program will be open to student mentees who are:

  1. Women (including non-binary)
  2. Current students (or on IBL placement) in Semester 2, 2019
  3. Studying at Australian campuses
  4. Studying an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Information Technology (or non-Faculty of Information Technology managed degrees with an IT component; or double-degrees where IT is one degree; or Software Engineering students)
  5. Have completed at least 1 year of study at Monash and have completed 48 credit points in FIT/MAT units
  6. Have a GPA of 2.0+/WAM of 60+
  • Eligible students can participate as a student mentee in the program once during their degree
  • Student mentees are encouraged to become alumni mentors upon completion of their degree

Completion Certificate

To be awarded a completion certificate on conclusion of the program, mentees must:

  1. Attend all three events (or have provided reasonable explanation prior to the event explaining inability to attend)
  2. Complete the below surveys:
    1. Pre-program survey
    2. Check-in survey
    3. Evaluation survey
Program duration August 2019 – October 2019
Applications open for mentors and mentees Monday 1 July – Friday 12 July
Matches notified Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August
Launch Event Thursday August 15 (6pm – 8pm)
Networking Event Wednesday 18 September (6pm – 8pm)
Celebration Event Wednesday 23 October (6pm – 8pm)
Program ends Friday 25 October

Three events are included throughout the program to further enhance the mentoring experience. The events are designed to support mentors and mentees in developing valuable mentoring skills and building their professional networks.

The events include:

  • Launch event - Mentors and mentees are introduced to the program and each other. All tools and resources for the program are provided and partnerships are given the opportunity to plan their goals.
  • Networking event - Mentees are provided a facilitated workshop on networking to aid their understanding and build skills in this area. Following this, mentors then join mentees for a structured speed networking session.
  • Celebration event - Mentors and mentees come together to celebrate their progress, share thoughts and lessons from their journey and reflect on their success. Certificates are awarded to all participants who successfully complete the program.

Mentees

"This program has provided a variety of opportunities and an abundance of knowledge in terms of how to deal with and manage what's ahead career-wise, as well as established connections with my mentor and beyond. Through personal anecdotes and advice given, I have been able to grow and learn a lot in the process."
- 2018 Mentee

"My expectations for the program were greatly exceeded. I didn't expect to feel so comfortable talking about my current successes and struggles with my mentor, but it was a really nurturing and safe environment."
- 2018 Mentee

"The matching process to find an appropriate mentor was wonderful. I felt you really listened to my interests and sought to find a mentor who shared my values"
2017 Mentee

Mentors

"People often forget that mentoring is not just about mentees, but provides the mentors with a great opportunity to hone their leadership skills, network and share experiences with fellow mentors from diverse fields and backgrounds, and most importantly give back to the university (where it all started for all of us)."
- 2018 Mentor

"This program gives Monash alumni the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone's life, to steer them away from the mistakes you have made, and lead them to success. It provides the opportunity to interact and develop new bonds with the younger generation of people, who often have unique perspectives to share."
- 2018 Mentor

"The possibility that I was helping a future dr and giving back to a tradition of mentoring, from which I have strongly benefited as a mentee."
2017 Mentor

Important Dates

Mentor applications open 01 July 2019
Mentor applications close 12 July 2019
Mentee applications open 01 July 2019
Mentee applications close 12 July 2019
Next intake commencement August 2020
Program duration 3 Months

Program Contact

Ms Chloe Love
Alumni Relations Manager
Faculty of Information Technology
Phone: +61 3 9905 9430
Email: fit-alumni@monash.edu

Applications are now closed for the 2019 pilot program. Register your interest for 2020 by emailing fit-alumni@monash.edu.