2012 ASB Mentoring Program fast tracks career path of graduating students

Friday, 3 August 2012  Features

The second year of the Australian School of Business Career Mentoring Program has been a great success pairing 110 alumni with current ASB students.

Alumni from a range of backgrounds and career paths each mentored an undergraduate or postgraduate student for a three month period. Students were able to use the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the work place and career opportunities, increase their professional confidence and prepare themselves for working life.

Final year Bachelor of Economics student, Tuan Nguyen said his mentor, Managing Director Insight Alliance, Jill Connell (MBA Executive 2001) taught him, "how to make well informed decisions and consider all the opportunities that are available to me in the corporate world." Prior to the program, Tuan was planning a career in HR, but after working through his interests with his mentor, he is now excited to pursue a future in marketing.

Professor Greg Whitwell, Deputy Dean Program and Students said, "the opportunity for students to learn directly from alumni in the workforce increases their understanding of working life, helps them prepare in their studies for career development and I believe inspire them to achieve their goals.

"In a year or two the student mentees on the program will themselves become alumni and I would hope that they in turn may choose to give back in this way."

Students formulated a set of goals prior to the program commencing and worked towards achieving them over approximately six one-hour meetings with their mentor.

Naomi Bourne, a final year Bachelor of Commerce student said, "I feel lucky to have been matched with a mentor who cares about my career but at the same time has been a great friend."

Both student and mentors say the program was a rewarding experience, and many pairs have kept in touch after its official conclusion.

Mentor Ciaran O'Flanagan (Master of Taxation 2011) found the program, "A delightful insight to the next generation of business managers."

While Michael Elms (Master of Commerce 2011) said "It is rewarding to be able to pass on knowledge and experience, knowing that someone else will equally find the information useful and hopefully fast-track their career progress."

The ASB Career Mentoring Program will return in 2013 and we will soon seek expressions of interest from alumni interested in participating as mentors. Please keep an eye on the ASB website and alumni bulletin for further information.