The Old Melburnians comprises a global community of business leaders, industry professionals and experts in a huge variety of fields. By actively maintaining connections with one another, Old Melburnians can expand and strengthen their professional networks for career progression.
Building on our experience of running mentoring programs over the past few years, the 2021 Career Masterclass program has been redesigned, simplified and expanded.
This year, our focus will be on helping young Old Melburnians to expand and strengthen their professional networks. The program will run from July to October, pairing Old Melburnians in a mentoring relationship, matched specifically on career ambitions and professional expertise.
Last year, we were fortunate to welcome Old Melburnian Council member, career consultant, author and networking expert, Bill Cowan AM (OM 1962) to lead the program. Bill will continue working with us again to guide this program, with support from the Community Relations team at Melbourne Grammar School.
There are 30 places for mentees available this year. Applications close on Tuesday 20 July 2021.
The Career Masterclass is for young Old Melburnians in the first five years of their career. To be eligible for this program, you will need:
- 1 - 5 years professional experience
- to have completed your undergraduate tertiary studies
- to be available to participate in two networking events and regular meetings with your mentor
Why be a mentee?
This program could change the course of your career.
- Gain access to industry insights directly relevant to your chosen career path
- Develop your career strategy and make decisions
- Get help from an independent listening ear who you can talk to in confidence
- Expand your professional network
- Build you confidence to take that next step
Apply here to be a mentee. Applications close on Tuesday 20 July 2021.
We invite Old Melburnians who have five or more years of professional working experience to help in this program as a mentor.
Why be a mentor?
Your advice could change the course of someone's career.
- Experience two way conversations with a younger person
- Develop your coaching and mentoring skills
- Learn about emerging young leaders in your field
- An opportunity for personal reflection and self awareness
- Give back and support the next generation of Old Melburnians to be their best
Apply here to be a mentor. Applications close on Tuesday 20 July 2021.
Before applying for this program, please read the program guidelines so that you understand the program structure, time commitment and expectations.
Please be aware that the program is open to applicants from all fields and areas of expertise. Our preference this year is for people to be able to meet in person, however, if you are based interstate or overseas and interested in connecting online, then we are happy to consider your application. Mentors and mentees are matched based on industry and area of interest. We may not be able to find a suitable match for all applicants to this program.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 3 9865 7682.
Here's what some participants had to say about their experience in last year's program:
Since starting my new role at Thrive (a financial technologies start-up based in Melbourne) I am learning a lot more about business than I expected, and I feel very engaged with the team. Thank you for encouraging me to explore this path. It has been an incredibly eye-opening experience that has made me rethink what I want out of a career.
It’s easy to forget that when you’re starting out in your career it can be quite daunting to determine what you want to do and how you might get there. Being a sounding board as a mentor in this program was not only enjoyable but rewarding too.