- Develop your employability skills by participating in Skills Workshops
- Join a student club or society to get involved, learn from your peers, and gain industry connections
- Learn from inspiring leaders at the Future Leaders Forum
- Apply your university learning in a real business environment with the for-credit Management Consulting subject. This is a Melbourne-based project and is offered in Semester 1 and 2
- Solve a real business problem and gain global experience with the for-credit Global Management Consulting subject. This subject is available in January, July and November each year in various cities around the globe
- Gain valuable industry insights and career guidance from an experienced professional with the Career Mentoring Program
- The most enriching experiences are often gained on the job. Find out more about undertaking an internship while you study.
- Access resources to help you prepare for employment, and find internships, graduate roles, and other employment opportunities in Careers Resources.
- Did you know that Stop 1 offers a range of events, workshops and drop-in sessions? Find out what’s on at Stop 1 to help you get the most out of your University experience.
A professional development program for workplace readiness.
FBE Skills Workshops aim to develop your employability skills – those non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that you need to participate effectively in the workplace.
Delivered by industry experts and based around the Australian Government’s Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework, these workshops will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge that employers want.
"I have found the sessions incredibly insightful and useful - grade wise they are H1s. When I undertook my studies, I wanted to expand my knowledge pool which these programs have done". Kate Masters, Master of International Business (2017)
Career Mentoring Program
The Career Mentoring Program has successfully matched many hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students from the Faculty of Business and Economics with business professionals in a mentoring partnership. Participating students are linked with mentors based on their shared interests, course of study, and area of specialty.
Applications for the 2020 program have now closed. Please check back in March 2021 to apply for the 2021 FBE Career Mentoring Program.
- Benefits of participating
The program aims to assist you with your transition out of university into the workforce and to involve members of industry in a mutually beneficial partnership. A mentor may be able to provide you with information on industries, professions, and general work skills as well as advice and support with career direction, networking, skills assessment, and job hunting/applications. Partners of accounting firms, directors of management consultancies, bankers, senior public servants and many other professionals have been offering valuable insights into the world of commerce to the Faculty's students.
By being involved in this program, you will have the opportunity to:
- Better understand your skills, motivations and career preferences
- Identify and develop your career strategy
- Learn about different professions and industries
- Increase your networking circle
- Develop your communication, presentation and networking skills
- Improve your CV and your interviewing technique
- How to apply
To apply, please read the Career Mentoring Program Application Handbook. The handbook outlines tasks you will have to complete to apply for the program as well as a link to the application form.
Applications for the 2021 program will open in March 2021.
- The matching process
Because of the popularity of the program, the student selection process is competitive. Students must progress through a screening process to ensure their suitability for the program. We also ask the mentors to register online to ensure we understand their background, experience and skills in order for us to begin the matching process.
When matching mentors and mentees, we look at areas of study, professional experience, and interest areas of both individuals and try to match accordingly.
Please note: Selection of students to participate in the Career Mentoring Program is at the discretion of the Faculty of Business and Economics. The Faculty of Business and Economics has the right to, at its sole discretion, terminate or revoke the invitation to the mentor or mentee.
- Key dates
The program runs on a yearly cycle from April until October with the approximate time-frames as follows:
- Early March: Applications open
- Early April: Applications close
- Mid April: Mentoring application outcomes announced
- Mid April: Virtual mentee training session (compulsory)
- End of April: Virtual mentor-mentee introductory meet-up
- Early May: Virtual professional networking session
- May to October: Meetings with mentor
- Mid August: Industry Insights #1 - Panel discussion and networking event
- Late October: Industry Insights #2 (program closing event) - Panel discussion and networking event
Please note: In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the University is clear about its responsibility to do everything it can to reduce rates of infection in the community. The health and wellbeing of our alumni is of paramount importance to the University. We therefore ask all volunteers undertaking mentoring programs to exercise appropriate precaution when scheduling meetings with mentees. It is our recommendation that where possible, face-to-face meetings be changed to online meetings using web conferencing software such as Skype and Zoom. For full details of the University's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit our dedicated information page.
- Contact details
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- Gain local industry experience that will count towards your degree with the Management Consulting subject
- Solve an existing business challenge and gain global experience with the Global Management Consulting subject
- The most enriching experiences are often gained on the job. Find out more about undertaking an internship while you study
- Find current internship, graduate role, and other employment opportunities with our Job Search Platforms
- Check out our selection of stories from previous students!
Clubs and Societies
Faculty affiliated clubs and societies are one of the easiest ways to get involved, learn from your peers and gain industry connections.
Actuarial Students' Society
Bridges the gap between Actuarial students and industry through networking events, annual publications and professional development workshops.
AIESEC provides leadership opportunities through international volunteering and internships.
Accounting Students' Association
Provides opportunities for Accounting students to engage with respected industry and professional service sponsors.
Banking on Women
Premier investment banking club dedicated to female students which aims to empower young women by providing them with industry specific-education and developing their professional skills.
CAINZ is a commerce-centric, not-for-profit student organisation, established at the University of Melbourne in 2011 with the purpose of bridging classroom theory and industry practice.
Commerce Students' Society
The CSS aims to provide students with an environment to socialise among their peers and potential employers, to learn about and be exposed to industries interested in Commerce graduates, and to voice communications to the Faculty and Dean.
Economics Student Society of Australia
Engages like-minded students to join in the conversation to explore the unique appeal and relevance of Economics through their regular articles, debates and professional development events.
Non-profit student run organisation that drives social change through the power of sustainable business models.
Finance Students' Association
The Finance Students' Association is a student-led group dedicated to providing our members with a holistic university experience and connecting them with Australia's finest investment managers, hedge funds and financial services firms.
Financial Management Association of Australia
Promotes career awareness and connects members with potential employers through events, workshops and competitions.
Global Consulting Group
Connects students to experienced professionals through pro-bono management consulting services for not-for-profit organisations.
Melbourne Business School Student Association
The MBS Student Association (MBSSA) is the leading provider of social, professional development and volunteering events to all students at Melbourne Business School.
Membership is free for all MBS Students.
Melbourne Microfinance Initiative
Provides pro-bono consulting services to microfinance institutions and empower students to make a difference.
Students' Association of Management and Marketing
Provides its members with opportunities to gain valuable industry insight, polished professional skills as well as build a network of connections.
University Network for Investing and Trading
Focuses on educating students about all things investing and trading. Runs events aimed at equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills that bridge the gap between a university education and industry requirements.
180 Degrees Consulting
Provides fundamental consulting skills and mentoring from top tier consulting firms to passionate students that seek an opportunity to make a difference in charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises.
Resources for Clubs
Resources for Faculty of Business and Economics affiliated Clubs & Societies.
Careers Online is the University of Melbourne’s online careers portal. Through Careers Online you can search advertised internship and employment opportunities, as well as other events, programs and activities that you can get involved with to build your professional development skills.
EFMD - HigherED
EFMD’s online careers portal, HigherED (pronounced ‘hired’), gives students the opportunity to see graduate employment opportunities from leading companies across the world. The HigherED online platform also grants students access to free career assessment tools.
Going Global is an international employment and internship platform made available to all University of Melbourne students. Students can search for employment or internship opportunities from across the globe, as well as having access to Going Global’s excellent online resources such as Country Career Guides.
Your University's Careers Service
Career preparation is a journey and one you will need to commence in your first semester to ensure you are in a competitive position. The University offers career advice, and uses platforms such as EmployMe, SMART Resume and Careers Online. These platforms provide valuable information on programs and opportunities designed to complement your degree study and add to your employability and the value you derive from your degree at the University of Melbourne.
Future Leaders Forum
The Future Leaders Forum is an annual one-day event dedicated to enriching the learning experience of 100 of our most high achieving undergraduate students, identified by their leadership skills and those who have been awarded a place on the Dean's Honours List.
2020 Future Leaders Forum
The Future Leaders Forum aims to provide students with practical perspectives on leadership, drawing on the experiences of leaders from a variety of fields. A keynote address will be followed by sessions involving our invited speakers.
Guest speakers for the 2020 Future Leaders Forum will be announced soon.
Who can apply?
Participation is by invitation only with a small number of places reserved for eligible students to apply. The following eligibility conditions apply:
- You must be in your second, final or penultimate year of your degree
- You must have a 75 or above average
- You must be available for the duration of the forum day.
How do I apply?
Applicants will be required to respond to two short questions on leadership and upload a copy of your resume outlining any extracurricular activities and leadership roles you have undertaken.
Students will be notified when applications open via the BCom Newsletter.
Seminar in Economics and Commerce
ECON10002 Seminar in Economics and Commerce A - offered in Semester 2 - is a subject coordinated and taught by Professor Nilss Olekalns from the Department of Economics and focuses on the methodological, philosophical, political and historical underpinnings of some of the key ideas in the history of economics. The emphasis will be on the intellectual contributions of economists who had a transformative effect on the discipline, such as Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo, Alfred Marshall and John Maynard Keynes. The works of some significant post-war economists will also be studied including Robert Solow, Milton Friedman, and Robert Lucas.
Key ideas about the economy will be discussed and assessed for their relevance for the modern world. The relation between the methods, concepts, and conclusions of these eminent economists to those of modern mainstream economic theory is a theme of the subject. Students will be expected to read original works, as well as secondary literature.
The subject is designed for students who are curious and interested in the history of economics, political economy and politics.
Classes will take the form of two 1.5 hour seminars per week (instead of two lectures plus a tutorial). The subject will be taught in a similar fashion to a fourth-year honours subject, with each class being a mix of straight lecture, in-class activities, and lengthy class discussion.
Who can Apply?
This subject is available to first year high achieving students that have:
- Completed no more than one semester of study at the University of Melbourne and no more than 50 points of level-1.
- Completed ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics AND enrol in ECON10003 Introductory Macroeconomics in Semester 2, 2020.
- Successful applicants will have achieved excellent results in the first semester of their Bachelor of Commerce. (A WAM of 75 or above.)
It is important to note that a quota of 25 students has been applied for 2020. Applications open on 1st July 2020 and close 15th July 2020. Applications submitted after this date or do not meet the above criteria will not be considered.
Student services workshops and sessions
All University of Melbourne students can access a range of online tools and services to help you develop and deepen your employability skills, explore career pathways and prepare for employment and other opportunities.
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