Skip to main content

Dalyell Scholars

Professional mentoring

In your third year as a Dalyell scholar, you can register to take part in the third stage of your co-curricular mentoring program - professional mentoring. This stage gives you the opportunity to explore career pathways through mentoring from alumni and academics. You can choose to take this option in your fourth or fifth year of study if preferred.

The mentoring program will take place in Semester 2 of 2020. We expect that sessions will commence in August and will run across two to three months.

We are excited about the program and know that you will benefit from meeting some incredible professionals from a broad range of industries.

What’s involved

You will be placed in a small group of up to five students and a mentor - an experienced professional and in most cases an alumni of the University of Sydney.

There will be three sessions each focusing on a different set of employability skills.

Each session will run for 1-2 hours and you will be expected to attend all sessions.

Due to the current situation relating to Coronavirus we may need to incorporate an online element to the program. We will provide all the necessary information in advance of mentoring sessions by email to registered students.


These sessions have been themed around employability skills following feedback we received from students about what’s important to them. Mentors will use these skills as a basis for each session and will explore them through role play and group discussion. They will share examples of where they have developed skills themselves and how this has helped them in their own career to achieve success in their industry.

During each session you will build on the skills learnt, share your reflections and identify gaps to improve. You might use journals and make notes of areas for improvement and key learnings. You will also be able to discuss your career development plans and goals with guidance provided by your mentor.

The following session outlines are guides that mentors will be provided with and will be encouraged to allow time for broader discussions and questions. Sessions will be relaxed and informal and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk about a variety of workplace scenarios.

Session one - Developing self-awareness

Session one will start with introductions where students will share their career aspirations and goals. Your mentor will provide some background on their career journey and how they have developed some of the key skills you’ll explore.

The session will focus on developing self-awareness. As you enter the workforce and begin to navigate your career the ability to work under pressure and show resilience will be valuable. Developing self-awareness will allow you to manage your behaviour and articulate your ideas to your team members and managers.

“As a CEO, being self-aware means you understand your strengths and how best you can contribute. It also means you understand where you need to improve and can allow others to contribute to you. Why is this important? Great work is never done alone. To achieve great work, you need to be working at your best with a team, who also are working at their best. If you manage to get these 2 ingredients together, anything is possible." - Natasha Munasinghe, Full Stack Developer, Lawyer and Business Director

Session two – Developing communication skills

Session two will be focused on developing communication skills. Throughout your career journey you will be required to communicate with a wide variety of people, to develop written and verbal communication skills and to share ideas and articulate yourself effectively.

"Communication is absolutely key in my roles. Throughout my career as a scientist, start-up founder, investment partner and board member, I've learnt that communication is one of the most important skills any aspiring leader can possess. Focusing on the development of your communication skills will help across all aspects of your working and personal life." - Toby Heap, Founding Partner H2 Ventures and Board Director

Session Three – Developing influencing skills

Session three will be focused on developing influencing skills. Influencing is a valued skill as employees are often required to persuade and negotiate as part of their role.

“The ability to influence has been critical to my role as a family lawyer. I have routinely communicated with my clients the need to adopt a collaborative rather than adversarial approach to resolving both financial and parenting cases. In a small way this has changed community attitudes, reduced matters being determined by the courts and enabled couples to move forward with their lives with less acrimony.” - Lucinda Aboud, Lawyer and Mediator at Mediation Family Law

How to register

Register now for the Dalyell Third Year Mentoring Program.

Once you have registered, we will set up a group in Canvas where we will provide you with ongoing information and support around the program. You will also be required to sign a commitment contract to provide assurances that you will attend all sessions where possible.

Student Centre

Limited service

As a precaution, we’re currently closed for in-person enquiries.

Find out more about our service


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


Last updated: 26 November 2020

Website feedback

Tell us if you’ve spotted a typo or something else wrong with this page.

Thank you

Your feedback has been sent.

Sorry there was a problem sending your feedback. Please try again

You should only use this form to send feedback about the content on this webpage – we will not respond to other enquiries made through this form. If you have an enquiry or need help with something else such as your enrolment, course etc you can contact the Student Centre.