Mentors

Info for Mentors

Do you remember your final year of university, wondering what it might be like in the real world? We have students right now with exactly the same questions.

We are currently looking for alumni from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences to share their professional experience and support students with the transition from university into their chosen career. Alumni from the below study areas are needed for the program in 2020:

Audiology
Dentistry 
Medicine
Nursing
Optometry
Oral Health
Physiotherapy
Public Health
Psychological Sciences
Social Work
Speech Pathology

The MDHS Mentoring Program gives you the opportunity to enhance coaching and leadership skills and connect with the next generation of graduates from the faculty.

“I have always wanted to give back to MDS since leaving in 1995. Being a mentor is a great opportunity to engage with current students and the University. I feel I’m looking back at myself 20 years ago!
– Dr Jodie Dobson (BDSc1995)

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed. Applications for the 2021 program will open in January 2021.

Mentoring FAQs

  • What might I expect to gain from joining the mentoring program?
    • Develop a fresh perspective on your career
    • Extend your professional network
    • Help to shape the future of your profession and community
    • Connect with the next generation of graduates
    • Support your student to identify and achieve their career goals and develop in confidence
    • Reconnect or develop closer links with the University of Melbourne, ranked #1 in Australia
  • When does the program run?
    • November 2019 – March 2020: Recruitment for both students and alumni
    • March: Matching Process
    • Late March: Students and alumni will be notified about the outcome of their application and introduced to their partner online.
    • Tuesday 31 March: Commencement Event
    • April – November: Students are encouraged to organise meetings with their mentor. These can take place in person or online.
    • Thursday 6 August: Drop In Event
    • October: End of Program Celebration (date TBC)
  • What are the attributes of a good mentor?

    A mentor is someone who is:

    • Willing and eager to listen
    • Enthusiastic, yet honest
    • Open to learning and self-reflection
    • Happy to share experiences, both positive and negative
    • Supports and listens rather than coaching or lecturing
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for the program?
    1. Have graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences before 2017.
    2. Have a minimum of two years professional experience.
    3. Not currently employed by the University of Melbourne in any role that influences the academic outcomes of students.
    4. Not in any position or situation that may be deemed to cause a conflict of interest affecting the results of this program.
  • What is the time commitment?

    Mentors and students are expected to have regular meetings for a duration of eight months (at least 5 meetings), between March and November. The exact nature and frequency of these meetings can be determined between the mentor and student and may include going for a walk, informal meetings over coffee, attending a public lecture together, and much more. Mentors are also encouraged to attend on-campus events with their student partner at the beginning, middle and end of the program.

  • How will I be matched with a student? 

    We will match you with a student based upon commonality in your applications. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.

  • Can I choose a student?

    No, we will match you with a student taking into consideration the preferences and interests you have provided on your application form. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.

  • Where will I meet my student

    The scheduling of mentor/student meetings are the responsibility of the student and need to be scheduled at a location and time suitable for both parties. However, it is preferable that students work around the mentor’s schedule. Please note, there is no requirement for mentors to meet students on campus.

  • If my application is unsuccessful, can I apply to be a mentor in subsequent years?

    Yes. Places in this program are restricted to those that are eligible to apply, and to those that are compatible with the available students. Unfortunately, not all applications will be successful. We are happy to discuss your suitability for the program with you in person.

  • Contact us

    For further information, please contact the MDHS Alumni Relations Team on 9035 7869 or at mdhs-mentoring@unimelb.edu.au