ABP Industry Mentoring Program

This program matches alumni and students in 1:1 pairs for a period of six months (April to October), with an expectation that both parties will meet at least three times throughout the duration of the program.

Please note that applications for the ABP Industry Mentoring Program 2021 have now closed.

ABP Industry Mentoring Program 2021


  • Mentors and students are required to meet at least 3 times during the course of the mentoring program. Following all relevant health and safety guidelines, the University wishes to ensure that students who currently can't join us on campus are not disadvantaged. Please note that as such, we expect meetings to take place online for at least the duration of semester 1.
  • Mentors and students are matched by professional interest and areas on which they seek / can give advice
  • The program will run throughout semester one and two (mid April to late October)
  • Mentors help familiarize students with their area of work and the career options available to ABP graduates
  • Mentors are encouraged to share their decision-making processes in choosing a career path and their experiences throughout their career
  • Both parties observe confidentiality and a professional and ethical standard of behaviour, including adhering to occupational health and safety requirements

Meetings with your student might include:

  • Conversations regarding work/study/industry matters
  • Providing a sounding board regarding career planning and development
  • Discussing the benefits of extracurricular opportunities
  • Introducing your student to colleagues and professional network
  • Work shadowing if appropriate (observing)

Benefits of getting involved

Connection with the University of Melbourne and its community of academics and students allows the mentor to:

  • Contribute to the development of the next generation of employees
  • Learn and engage with fresh perspectives
  • Share their knowledge and experience
  • Have a context for productive reflection on their own career and professional practice
  • Acquire enhanced interpersonal skills and management ability

Key details

  • Students are responsible for taking the lead in initiating contact and setting up meetings
  • Mentors are not expected to tutor students or provide job/internship opportunities or personal counseling
  • Advice and support will be provided by the Faculty of ABP for both mentors and mentees, with resources available to assist in the process

Projected timeline

  1. Invitations to apply are sent out to Melbourne ABP alumni (March 1), however alumni can already apply from Friday February 5. Applications are open until March 21. For any questions, please contact Alumni & Stakeholder Relations Coordinator (ABP) Simon Elchlepp.
  2. Mentees participate in mandatory workshops (week of March 22).
  3. Mentors and mentees are matched with each other; confirmation emails of successful and unsuccessful matches are sent out to mentors and mentees (week of March 29).
  4. One-hour mentor workshop (Tuesday April 13, 5:30pm-6:30pm). Please note that while we recommend mentors participate in the workshop, it is not mandatory and the workshop be video recorded for mentors who can't attend.
  5. Program runs until the end of semester 2 (October 22); mentors and mentees meet at least three times; both parties receive handouts and email reminders to help structure meetings.
  6. Closing celebration with mentors and mentees (October 1).

Further details