New mentor program for Access Scholarship students

March 14 / 131

Sigourney Young, Community Engagement Officer and Rachael Ballamy, Alumni Careers.
Sigourney Young, Community Engagement Officer and Rachael Ballamy, Alumni Careers.

A new mentor initiative is connecting University alumni with undergraduate students to help them develop their professional skills.

The Access Connections program, a joint initiative of Careers and Employment, Advancement and Student Support Services, is the first mentor opportunity tailored for undergraduate students who are recipients of Melbourne Access Scholarships. 

The scholarships support students who have experienced ongoing circumstances which adversely impacted on their preparation for university study.

The 25 students participating in the program this semester are in the second year of their undergraduate degree. All mentors are University alumni.

Students are paired with mentors who work in their preferred industry setting and  encouraged to meet with their mentors to discuss their career goals and prepare for their entry into the workforce.

Second year Bachelor of Commerce student Richard Chau said he was excited to participate in the program and gain valuable insight to future career paths. 

“I am looking forward to meeting my mentor and hearing about the experiences he has been through, to be where he is today,” he said.

“I hope he shares what he believes to be the key to success in life.”

Jun Wei Tong, a management consultant for the Nous Group, said he was honoured to participate in the program as a mentor and help students develop their professional skills.

“I was very fortunate to have come across helpful university seniors and alumni throughout my time at the University, and have benefited tremendously from their guidance, motivation and networks,” he said. 

“It is for this reason I aspire to give back by helping students with either more specialised knowledge about accounting or consulting, or with broader career mentoring,” he said.

 

 

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