Bring great minds together through mentoring
Everybody needs guidance to reach their potential.
There’s no greater support for students making their way than a mentor – someone who can provide advice and experience on a career journey. Thanks to Mentoring at Melbourne, you have the opportunity to help build a whole community that enables every participant to succeed.
But we need your help. The University needs mentors in the Faculties of Arts and Science. This will replicate relationships pioneered by the Melbourne Law School and Faculty of Business and Economics, who have already given many students access to inspiring mentors.
Volunteering as a mentor doesn’t require a lot of your time, but the effect it has on student lives is enormous. The more mentors we can attract, the more students can benefit.
Pinar Tat, a third year JD student in the Melbourne Law School, benefitted from her mentoring relationship with County Court Judge Wendy Wilmoth (above). With the job market getting ever tighter, receiving some career inspiration was invaluable.
“I think I would like to become a judge one day,” she said.
“When I expressed my interest in criminal law, Judge Wilmoth put me in touch with one of the partners of a criminal defence firm.”
The experience cemented Pinar’s belief that she was heading down the right career path.
“I was lucky enough to be able to spend three weeks there through her recommendation and this further solidified my interest in criminal law.”
Christopher Weinberg, a Faculty of Business and Economics alumnus, stated that the ability to both influence a student and have the capacity to reflect upon one's own experience are attractive reasons to mentor.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the mentoring experience, both in supporting a potential teacher and to help reflect on why I love teaching," he said.
"I can't wait to be involved again and help enthusiastic students more fully explore their potential career pathways."
With more mentoring options than ever before, you too can benefit from starting an enriching relationship with a Melbourne student.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CURRENT MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES
Our existing mentors are a vital part of our alumni volunteer community. More than 800 Melbourne alumni volunteers recently attended a volunteer recognition event at NGV International, where they gained exclusive access to the current Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibition – Van Gogh and the Seasons. You can view photos from the night here.