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Dalyell Scholars

Professional mentoring

In your third year of study as a Dalyell Scholar, you can take part in professional mentoring. This will give you the opportunity to explore career pathways, build graduate qualities and increase employability with an experienced industry professional in the field of your choice.

Professional mentoring for 2023 will commence in Semester 1, 2023. Registration opened on Tuesday 29 November 2022 and closed on Monday 9 January 2023.

Other key dates for this program are listed below.

How it will work

You will be allocated to a small group with a mentor. Your mentor will be an experienced professional alumnus from the University of Sydney or a senior leader from our university community.

There’ll be 3 sessions, each running for about an hour. You’ll need to complete pre-session and post-session work. This may take 1-2 hours per session. If you successfully complete the program, you’ll have the opportunity for a one-on-one mentoring session as well as a networking event.

To participate, you’ll need to attend the welcome and induction webinar, held at the beginning of Semester 1, or watch the recording.

This program will be in a hybrid mode, depending on the needs of the mentor and mentees within each group.

Program goals

  • Explore your career goals and aspirations with expert advice and support.
  • Build high-level employability skills necessary for successfully transitioning to the workplace, including self-awareness, communication and influence.
  • Gain practical insights into the realities of the workplace and learn from your mentor’s considerable experience as an industry leader.
  • Develop your networks with industry and build relationships with other high-achieving Dalyell Scholars interested in similar career paths.

Key dates

Your mentor will consider your availability when arranging mentoring sessions, however this program will suit students with flexible schedules.

Session Dates
Prior to Semester 1 commencing 13 to 19 February
Session 1 (Weeks 4) 13 to 19 March
Session 2 (Week 8) 17 to 23 April
Session 3 (Week 12) 15 to 21 May


You are eligible to apply for the program if you are a Dalyell Scholar expecting to be enrolled in your third year or above of study in Semester 1, 2023.

If you're unsure, but have a reasonable expectation that you'll meet this criteria (e.g. you're waiting on Semester 2, 2022 results), you're welcome to apply. You'll need to let us know as soon as possible if your circumstances change.

Dalyell Scholars who have already participated are able to register again provided they have a good record of previous engagement. Please note we will prioritise registrations from students who have not completed the program previously.

How to register for professional mentoring sessions

Registration for the Dalyell Professional Mentoring Program opened on Tuesday 30 November 2022 and closed on Monday 9 January, 2023.

When you register, you’ll need to agree to the following commitments:

  • you will be a currently enrolled Dalyell Scholar in Semester 1, 2023
  • you will fully participate in the program, including attending three mentoring sessions in Semester 1, and engaging in professional and timely communications with your mentor, your peers and staff
  • you agree to let staff and your mentor know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to participate in the program due to unforeseen circumstances.

Further questions

If you have any questions contact us at

Student Centre



1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

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Last updated: 11 January 2023

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