2017 Advance Global Australian Awards Mentoring Program


Exciting news: applications are currently open for the 2017 Advance Global Australian Awards Mentoring Program – a 12-month initiative that connects students with some of Australia’s most successful global industry leaders, affording them the invaluable opportunity to develop their professional clarity and gain industry-specific insights.

Advance is the preeminent global community of high achieving Australians and alumni abroad, with over 46,000 connections in 110 countries. Advance forges connections with the one million Australian diaspora, drawing on their experience and networks to open doors and opportunities for Australia, Australian companies and Australians around the globe.

The Mentoring Program is a facet of our annual Advance Global Australian Awards – an event that showcases Australia’s most innovative global individuals across 12 industries.

We would love to see students from Monash put their names forward for selection, and would be so appreciative if you helped spread the word to your networks – either via your online bulletin, career boards, thorough your social media accounts or website. All information about the 2017 Mentoring Program including links to apply can be found at:



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Let’s Torque!


My name is Daniel, I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science Advanced Global -Challenges. Together with some students from Monash Science, we are setting up an exciting initiative called Let’s Torque STEM!

Let’s Torque is a public speaking competition in which undergraduate students deliver a presentation on a STEM idea and explain how it will solve a problem facing Australia. They will provide supporting arguments from the dimensions of economic, environmental and social wealth.

We’ve secured initial funding from Monash University, and established partnerships with The Royal Society of Victoria and Twisted Science.
We thought this would be an amazing opportunity for science students to get involved and register to learn public speaking skills, Delve into STEM solutions, Connect with industry and peers and win some amazing prizes! Join now or find out more at www.letstorque.org!

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Career Conversations

‘Career Goat’

Hi All,

I hope that your studies are going well and you are enjoying life at Uni.

As a student it is never too early to start to think about your career and life beyond university.

If you haven’t given much thought to your career then now might be a good time to start.

The university and Science Faculty provide a broad range of options and opportunities that will help you to get started including:


Career Connect

A range of resources and workshops to help you develop and identify your employability skills.

Career Consultants

Visit Career Connect in the campus centre and drop into see one of the career consultants or make a booking via Career Gateway.


Student Futures

A new online tool designed to help you prepare for your future career.

You can use Student Futures to:

  • Find opportunities to develop the skills employers need
  • Track and reflect on your progress
  • Prepare for job applications and interviews

This online tool is a great resource to help you develop, understand and articulate your employability skills to potential employers.

So sign up for Student Futures today and start developing those skills.



Career Conversations

Career Conversations (Science)

Science students, do you have a career question you want to talk over? Join this informal, small-group session to engage in personal discussions about your employability and career plans in science and/or other professions. Sessions available in May.

Bookings:  Career Conversations (Science)


Science Programs and events

The Science Faculty runs a range of programs for science students. Have a look at our Industry Placement Programs these programs are an excellent opportunity to gaining industry experience and develop key employability skills. Industry Placement


In August, we also run our Science Industry Week. This is an opportunity for students to hear from employers and industry guests about opportunities with a science degree.


Good luck and enjoy your career research.

Lisa Happell is a Careers Education Consultant with the Careers, Leadership and Volunteering division. 

The next Career Conversations series will be:

  • May 22nd 2017 10-11am. Book here.
  • May 23rd 2017 1:30-2:30pm. Book here.
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‘Beans means Heinz’ & Genetics – A Science Graduate’s Work Experience

What have beans and genetics got to do with each other?

Hello fellow science enthusiasts!

I hope everyone is enjoying their time at Monash and reading Scapegoat weekly. It feels weird to think that this time last year I was doing my own research into graduate programs and here I am two months into one.

Two years ago, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Genetics and Molecular Biology and now I work at KraftHeinz in the Marketing department. Although they seem far apart I am currently using the skills I developed during my degree in my current position as a Category Development Graduate. My job is to analyse how consumers shop and then use this data to reach conclusions about how our products are performing in the marketplace and to find areas where we can improve our existing range.

I first found out about the KraftHeinz program when I attended the 2015 Monash Careers Expo in March. This was a great place to ask questions of prospective employers and to see what the right fit was for me.

It was a long and complex application process as this particular program doesn’t pigeonhole applicants based on what they studied, instead they made a great effort into getting to know you individually. My biggest tip would to take full advantage of Lisa and the careers department, making sure you are prepared for each step. Do your research on the organisation to make sure it’s right for you and tailor each application.

Good luck everyone with their future plans and make sure you keep an open mind!

Careers Service

If you would like to book a career appointment or find out more about Career Connect the careers service please click on the link below.



You can find out more about the KraftHeinz program at https://www.gradzmeanzheinz.com.au/

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‘Career Goat’ – Careers Month

Hi All,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new and returning students. I hope that you are starting to settle in and get into the swing of uni life.

As the Careers Education Consultant (Science) I would like to draw your attention to all the workshops and seminars that are available to help you on your career journey.

This month is ‘Careers Month’.

This is a month of career events, seminars, workshops, panels, forums and more!

Employers will also be on campus to promote their graduate positions via individual information sessions and also at the ‘Careers Expo’ to be held on Thursday 9th March.

How do graduate programs work?

Many organisations offer Graduate Programs across the sectors from Government, Private to NGOs.
Graduate programs generally are advertised from March to May and students apply in their final year of study and commence with the organisation at the start of the following year.

Programs can range in length and may run from one to three years. Candidates who are successful often have the opportunity to undertake a range of roles in different areas of the organisation on a rotational basis. Professional development, mentoring and in house training may also offered as part of the program. Depending on the size of the organisation you might be one of 20+ graduates or part of a smaller group.

Recruitment for these programs is extremely competitive and might take several months from end to end. Steps in this process could include; online applications, assessment centres, group interviews, gamification, online assessments, aptitude, personality tests etc…

You need to stand out from the crowd and put a lot of time and effort into the end to end application process. Think of it like an assignment do you want a pass or a HD?


No matter if you are a first or final year student I would encourage you to go to this festival. Get there earlier and have questions prepared. It is never too early to start thinking about your career and how you can build your employability skills.

Helpful Tips, Links & Events

Careers Month







* Look at individual company websites to see if they have graduate program opportunities




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Jenny’s experience: Access Monash Mentoring Program

Do you enjoy aspiring high school students to achieve their dreams?

Written by Jenny Truong.

Hi! I am Jenny. I’m a 3rd year science and commerce student and I have been an Access Monash Mentor for the past 2 years.

I became an Access Monash Mentor (AMM) because I wanted to share my knowledge about high school and Monash with students from under-represented communities to help them find their passion. With Access Monash, we get the opportunity to work one-on-one with Year 11 and 12 students at schools in the Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick, Mornington and Gippsland areas, where not many students end up going to university. Many of these students are the first students in their family to even consider going to university, so it feels quite rewarding to aspire them to go on to higher education after finishing high school.

Working with my mentees has been the highlight of my time at Monash. They have been very enthusiastic and wonderful to mentor and tutor. It is very rewarding to see my mentees not only become great students but also successful young adults. In addition to academic studies, we also work on important life skills, such as finding a part time job, overcoming difficult parental expectations, maintaining motivation and helping them discover their interests and possible career aspirations. Being an AMM, I learnt that it is important to have the ability to develop open and honest relationships with others and appreciate an array of adversity issues that barricade many young students from attending university.

Being a part of the program for the past 2 years has allowed me to develop my public speaking and communication skills through so many additional activities. I had the opportunity to facilitate on-campus tours, study sessions and attended a luncheon with career advisors from many schools about the future of commerce degrees at Monash. You even get the chance to help out with science-based activities, such as the SEAMS (Strengthening Engagement and Achievement in Mathematics and Science) camps ran at Monash and the University of Melbourne. The Community Leaders Scholarship I received from being a part of the program has also been a great bonus to my studies. Most importantly, through the AMM program I have the opportunity to make real differences to my mentees’ lives.

If you have a 65% + average, can commit at least two hours per week, enjoy building nurturing relationships and sharing your own experiences with young students, then apply to be an AMM today! You will be enriching these students’ educational and professional lives.

Applications close at 5pm on October 30. Apply now at: http://www.monash.edu/access/mentoring/become_mentor


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O-I Graduate Program

O-I is the world’s leading glass bottle manufacturer and they are looking for graduating Science students who’ve majored in Chemistry, Physics and/or Maths to join their 18 month rotational graduate program. Embark on challenging and diverse projects, all while being supported through a structured learning and developmental program.

With 80 operational plants over 23 countries, O-I  is hiring in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Penrose (NZ). Be a part of a global manufacturing organisation that upholds and promotes sustainable production and apply through the appropriate channels as advertised below. Applications close Sunday 16th October 2016, with interviews conducted in November and the position beginning in February 2017.

Find out more about O-I here.

GradConnect :


Seek :

NZ – https://www.seek.co.nz/Job/31827479?_ga=1.168569443.372788985.1470966334

Sydney – https://www.seek.com.au/Job/31827472?_ga=1.227634143.372788985.1470966334

Melbourne – https://www.seek.com.au/Job/31827019?_ga=1.199895916.372788985.1470966334

Adelaide – https://www.seek.com.au/Job/31827463?_ga=1.199895916.372788985.1470966334

Brisbane – https://www.seek.com.au/Job/31827469?_ga=1.199895916.372788985.1470966334

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Interview with Professor Ross Coppel

By Carl Wang, Science student

As a student interested in the medical sciences I am always torn between medicine and research. Some days I gather the resolve to push the boundaries of human knowledge, whilst other days I endeavour to ease the burden of suffering one patient at a time. In my conflict, I decided to talk to someone who has been through both. Enter Professor Ross Coppel, a man who, starting with an MBBS, has branched out into fields such as microbiology, bioinformatics, and molecular biology. He is currently the Deputy Dean and Director of Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences. Ross’s qualifications and accolades are as varied and plentiful as the man’s interests in the fields that make up biomedical research, and an expanded biography may be found at http://www.med.monash.edu.au/microbiology/staff/coppel.html

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By Jesse Givens-Lamb


Not a word that I would ever anticipated myself ever really getting involved with.

Well, to be honest I used to be interested in medical research but then realised I wasn’t as passionate about the medical field as I thought I was … and after only a brief period of time I understood (to some degree) what “actual” research meant.

Research was not for me.

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