FVAS Graduate Mentoring Program

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Information for students

Would you like to connect with someone from your industry? Ask questions about what they do? How they landed their career? Seek advice on how and where you should start yours?

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS) graduate mentoring program connects Honours students and graduate students enrolled in Agribusiness, Agricultural Sciences, Food Science and Food Packaging and Innovation students with experienced mentors from a range of industries.*

The primary objectives of the FVAS graduate mentoring 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

Throughout the program FVAS will:

  • support mentees and mentors and be available to discuss any questions or concerns that arise from either party
  • organise events for mentees and/or mentors as required
  • seek feedback from mentees and mentors regarding the success of this initiative at the end of 2019

Expectations

It is expected that both mentors and mentees will:

  • Commit to the mentoring process, including agreed meetings and time commitments
  • Be accessible and positive
  • Give and receive constructive and honest feedback
  • Be non-judgemental
  • Respect confidences

Students applying to participate in this program should be willing to commit to a program duration of approximately six months. There are two formal events, one on the afternoon / evening of 17th April 2019 and the second in late October / early November. One on one meet-ups or phone calls should be arrange at a suitable time for both mentors and mentees.

The meeting on 17th April is compulsory, this is where students and mentors will meet for the first time.

Eligibility

You must:

  • have completed at least 50 points of study at the University of Melbourne (UoM) at the time of application (including Bachelor's, Honours, or Graduate Certificate Study). This 50 points cannot have been completed prior to 2014.
  • not intend to complete their degree prior to November 2019**
  • have a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65% across all subjects undertaken in the degree program.

Applications

Applications open on 7th March 2019 and close at 5.00pm Friday 22 March 2019.

An information session will be held on Tuesday 19th March at 5.15pm in Building 125, Collaborative Learning Space. Register for this information session online.
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*Students in Graduate Certificate programs who plan to complete their studies mid-year 2019 are not eligible to participate in the program.