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Mentoring Program

Applications for the Sydney Marketing Society 2021 Mentoring Program are now OPEN!

SMS are looking for determined, self-motivated students to be paired with industry professionals in their field of interest, who will mentor students through their professional development.

The mentors involved in this program come from a variety of marketing sectors such as FMCG, Media, Digital, Strategy, Research, and Technology, and represent companies like Deloitte, Nestlé, Dior, KPMG, PwC, Google, Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, Accenture, Ernst & Young, and MORE to be announced! 

Last year’s program was extremely successful and saw over 75 students paired with industry professional mentors. Each student was able to broaden their network and find the answers to burning industry questions in a one-on-one setting! Remote students are also welcome to apply – catchups with mentors can be done virtually.

APPLY NOW: https://forms.gle/1LynQVHPzAzJgmB29

Applications open on the 15th of July at 9am, and close on the 14th of August, at 11:59pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

PROGRAM DATES:
24th August, 6-8pm: Launch Event
5th October, 6-8pm: Catchup Event
9th November, 6-8pm: Closing Event

This program is open to ALL students at The University of Sydney – you just need to have a genuine interest in marketing! Successful applicants will be emailed in the week following the application closing date.

Students who are accepted into the program will be required to pay a $10 administration fee for participation.

All the best with your applications!

Testimonials

Max Fisher, 2020 Mentee

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“The Mentoring Program is definitely one in which you get as much out of it as you put in. I was lucky enough to have a mentor who was engaged and eager to help, and through this I now have a full-time job at the company my mentor works at. My advice for future mentees would be to use the program as a guide to building a relationship with your mentor, but don’t be afraid to move beyond the set goals and tasks to pursue opportunities that arise during the program.”

Caroline Xu, 2020 Mentee

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“The SMS Mentoring Program was an insightful and enriching experience. Though I don’t study marketing, I benefited from many of my mentor’s insights. These insights were transferable across all types of industries and careers, and included networking tips, interview skills, and most importantly – how to identify my strengths and weaknesses, and create my personal branding. My advice to any prospective mentee would be to think carefully about what you want to get out of each session and prepare questions for your mentor, so that you can get the most value out of your time together. That being said, don’t forget to have fun – enjoy the process of getting to know each other and forming a friendship!”

Abby Shen, 2020 Mentee

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What was your SMS Mentoring Program experience like?

In my personal experience, I find it really hard to network and reach out to industry professionals outside of structured one-off networking events. With the SMS mentoring program, I was fortunate enough to be able to quickly build a strong friendship with my mentor, who really cared about me and the professional challenges I was facing. I not only had such a fun time in our weekly coffee catch ups, but received really invaluable advice from him, as someone who had been in the professional services industry for over 10 years.

What were the highlights and benefits of the program?

The highlight was simply meeting my mentor and hearing all of his many engaging stories. It’s reassuring to meet someone in industry and know that there’s so many experiences waiting for you even after you graduate from university.

 

Any advice for future mentees?

Even though I don’t do marketing, SMS has so many mentors from a variety of different companies and backgrounds, which means that they will definitely match you up well. Also, every mentor who signs up to the program, signs up because they want to meet you and the talent that you’ll bring to the table. If you’re even thinking about joining the program, I would highly recommend doing so!