There are a range of mentoring programs available to students of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
FVAS Graduate Mentoring Program
Are you interested in understanding more about what life will be like once you graduate? Would you like to get more advice and guidance about how to begin your career?
Being mentored is a powerful tool for you to make connections and receive guidance to help enhance your employment outcomes. Through workshops and one-to-one meetings, students participating in the program can increase their professional networks, understand work and learning experiences in practice, and work with their mentor to help identify and develop a career strategy post-study.
The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences graduate mentoring program connects graduate students enrolled in the Master of Agricultural Sciences, Food Science and Food Packaging and Innovation with experienced mentors from a range of industries. The primary objectives of program are to provide:
- Students with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the Australian agricultural sector through connecting with industry experts
- Professionals with the opportunity to mentor skilled and enthusiastic graduate students by fostering the development of their industry knowledge.
To get the most out of this program students need to be open minded and willing to be proactive and accountable for their own professional development. Students are responsible for:
- Leading the mentoring relationship. You are expected organise all meetings and communication with your mentor beyond the first meeting.
- Being reliable and honour your appointments/commitments with your mentor
- Communicating openly and freely
- Defining and expressing what you wish to gain from the mentoring relationship
- Providing feedback to your mentor
- Sharing your thoughts and ideas about the profession, entering practice and your future aspirations
- Actively seeking your mentor’s opinions
- Commit to at least three meetings with your mentor between June and October 2022. The exact nature and frequency of these meetings can be determined between the student and mentor and may include a Zoom call, informal meetings over coffee, attending a public lecture together, and much more. Meetings take place at a location and time most convenient for you and your mentor.
- Complete feedback surveys
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct at all times.
Students applying to participate in this program should be willing to commit to the program until the end of Semester 2.
To apply, students must be:
- Enrolled in the Master of Agricultural Science, Master of Food Science or Master of Food and Packaging Innovation and,
- Be in their final year of study (ie. intending to graduate at the end of 2022, or mid-2023) and,
- Have a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65% across subjects undertaken in the degree program.
Participation numbers may be limited to the number of mentors that are available. Applications will be assessed on a variety of criteria including; response to the application questions, WAM and suitability to the available mentors. Not all applications will be successful, and this will be at the discretion of the FVAS Mentoring Team.
Applications for the 2022 program are now open.
Melbourne Peer Mentor Program
The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is your key first-year UniMelb experience, designed to make your transition to student life easy and fun! Your peer mentor group will be an instant network of familiar faces from your degree with whom you can share experiences and work through transition tips.
As part of your undergraduate University of Melbourne experience, you’ll be matched with an academic adviser in your first year. Your academic adviser will take an active interest in your wellbeing, progress and success throughout your degree.