The College’s inaugural Student and Alumni Mentoring Program (StAMP) was a huge success with a cohort of 13 current residents matched with an Old Collegian, within the industry they hoped to move into, and formed a mentor-mentee relationship. Among the mentors were two of our Rhodes Scholars and a Fulbright Scholar! Over three months, each pair worked together to establish mutually beneficial professional interactions to share advice about life, study, pathways after University and gaining an employability edge. Three tailored workshops helped to guide mentors and mentees in their exploration of concepts relating to the importance of staying true to personal values; creating a personal brand; affirming interpersonal skills; overcoming career roadblocks and obstacles; industry networking and applying for jobs.
100% of participants said that they would highly recommend this program to other Old Collegians and students.
Here are some reflections:
Jessica Demeo (mentee) said, “the Mannix StAMP program allowed me to gain beneficial insights from industry professionals both within my own future profession and from others. Learning the crucial steps in building a solid foundation for not only your career, but yourself as an individual, was invaluable and many of the skills learnt through these sessions I will be able to apply to my future career and development.”
Jakob Malouf’s (mentor) reflected by sharing, “I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to participate in StAMP. This program, while in its infancy, has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of. Gaining experience in a mentorship role has been fulfilling and eye-opening for me, and I’ve been really impressed with the drive and motivation of all the mentees. Thanks to StAMP I will have more confidence in supporting those earlier in their careers, and taking on an active role in guiding my junior peers.”
Charlie Roache (mentee) said, “StAMP was not only well organised, but incredibly individualised: an attribute that’s exceedingly hard to come by, and one that allowed a meaningful, rewarding experience.”
Overall, the College is really excited to build upon the momentum from this year’s pilot and grow it for next year and beyond.