Mentor our students

(Virtual) Lunch with Alumni 2020 allows alumni and students to connect in a casual, yet enriching mentoring relationship.

(Virtual) Lunch with Alumni

The Faculty of ABP and the Built Industry Group student association would like to invite all ABP alumni under 35 with at least two years of relevant work experience to mentor our students as part of (Virtual) Lunch with Alumni 2020 - all during the course of one lunch break!

“ABP provided a unique initiative to give students a bridge into industry. It was wonderful to see students actively engage in the initiative and derive value from the interaction. One hour of your time goes a long way with future leaders.”

Elinor Moshe, 2019 Lunch with Alumni mentor

As an alum who has relatively recently transitioned to the workforce, you are in a unique position to provide highly relevant advice to students.

As a mentor, you would be grouped with up to three students who aspire to and are working towards your line of work, meeting them remotely via Zoom during your lunch break. These students will be encouraged to ask you any of their career-related questions, including those you might have really wished you could have asked someone back when you were a student!

“Honestly enjoyed being able to communicate with a mentor who could give me insight and perspective of work beyond University - I would love to see this happen again in the near future!”

Lunch with Alumni 2019 mentee

When/how/where?

On any date between Tuesday September 1 and Friday September 4, during lunch time - you are free to choose the exact time. Due to COVID-19, all lunch meetings will be held remotely via Zoom this year. All our students have been provided with a Zoom account. Once you have been allocated your mentees, all you need to do is send them an introductory email (we'll provide a template) and a Zoom meeting invite.

We very much invite our interstate and overseas alumni to participate in this initiative as well - please keep in mind that we are looking to hold the meetings at lunch time AEST (UTC+10:00).

You can register your interest to be a mentor at this link: https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/industry/mentor-our-students/lunch-with-alumni-mentor. Applications close Sunday August 16 11.59pm. We will announce matches by Friday August 21.

What questions might I be asked?

We will ensure that students will join these meetings with their questions prepared and ready to go. Students will commonly ask about your personal career experiences (i.e. How did you get your job? What made you interested in your current work?), personal development advice (i.e. How can I network? How can I best prepare for life after graduating?) and general industry information (i.e. What’s it like to work in a big/medium/small firm? What tasks do you do day-to-day?).

Please don’t hesitate to contact ABP Alumni & Stakeholder Relations Coordinator Simon Elchlepp (simon.elchlepp@unimelb.edu.au) in case you have any questions. Thank you for the support you are lending to our students.