Melbourne Employability Accelerator

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Melbourne Employability Accelerator (MEA) is an innovative experience designed to support your career journey. The program is recommended for international undergraduate students in their first or second year. Students across all courses are eligible.

Program details

By engaging in this exciting career building opportunity, you will:

  • develop global employability awareness, preparedness and skills
  • understand how career mapping can guide you to achieve your personal and professional goals
  • develop and apply experiential learning and reflective practices
  • work with your project team on a 2-week Digital Industry Project to solve a real-world problem for an industry client
  • be awarded a certificate and a digital badge upon completion

Students will be required to commit approximately:

  • 10 hours over a period of two weeks to complete Part 1
  • 25 hours over a period of two weeks to complete Part 2: the Digital Industry Project

Eligibility

To sign up for the Melbourne Accelerator program, you must be:

  • A currently enrolled international student at The University of Melbourne
  • Have the appropriate IT and technical resources to successfully participate virtually in the digital program over a period of 2-4 weeks (e.g. laptop and reliable internet connection)

Key dates

There are 3 upcoming intakes for the MEA, specific dates are provided below:

 DateEvent



Intake 3
Monday 14 November 2022Applications open (register here)
Sunday 4 December  2022 Applications close
Monday 23 January 2023 Part 1 program commences
Monday 6 February 2023Part 2 program commences
Sunday 19 February 2023Program concludes



Intake 4
Thursday 1 December  2022Applications open (register here)
Sunday 12 February 2023Applications close
Monday 27 March 2023 Part 1 program commences
Monday 10 April 2023Part 2 program commences
Sunday 23 April 2023Program concludes



Intake 5
Monday 21 August 2023Applications open
Sunday 10 September 2023Applications close
Monday 23 October 2023Part 1 program commences
Monday 6 November 2023Part 2 program commences
Sunday 19 November  2023Program concludes

Digital Industry Project

Over the final two weeks of the MEA program, you will have the opportunity to apply your employability skills in a real-world industry setting by participating in the Digital Industry Project

This project will allow you to gain valuable experience and engage in developing a range of employability skills including:

  • solve real business problems for client organisations, ranging from starts-ups, small, medium-sized and large enterprises, to Victorian Government agencies and community organisations
  • learn to plan and develop a business case, and pitch your ideas to the client organisation
  • collaborate with a dynamic and diverse team, working with students across degrees, year levels and disciplines
  • Be recognized with Melbourne Plus and receive the Innovation digital badge
  • earn a certificate and a digital badge upon completion.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Is MEA free? Is the whole MEA program online?

    Yes, the MEA is a free, voluntary, extra-curricular skills development opportunity recommended for international undergraduate students in their first or second year.

    The MEA is a completely online program and will require you to have the appropriate IT and technical resources to successfully participate in the digital program over a period of 2-4 weeks to participate (e.g. laptop and reliable internet connection).

  • Does MEA have prerequisites? Is MEA a selected program?

    No, the MEA does not have any prerequisites or a selection process to participate in the program.
    The strength of the MEA is its diversity. It is open to all University of Melbourne international students, across all degrees and disciplines, and gives students the opportunity to work with other students from different backgrounds.

  • What is the time commitment for the MEA program?

    MEA is designed in two parts, students will be required to commit approximately:

    • 10 hours over a period of two weeks to complete Part 1
    • 25 hours over the final two weeks to complete Part 2: the Digital Industry Project

    The MEA is a self-directed program and students can pace themselves according to their own needs when completing the activities in the app, all time commitments are estimates and will depend on how much time you as an individual are prepared to invest.

    There are scheduled events and also the Digital Industry Project which will require further commitment and coordination between yourself, your team-mates and your client.

  • Will we have a mentor in the program?

    No, you will not have a mentor during your MEA experience.

    The Practera team will support you throughout the MEA program, you can reach out to the team if you have any questions or concerns by email, Wechat, or the WhatsApp business account at +61 412 953 586.

    You will also be assigned a real industry client in Part 2, the Digital Industry Project, clients are mainly from Australian organisations.

  • What is the Digital Industry Project Orientation session?

    This session is exclusive for those who choose to complete the Digital Industry Project. Attendance is mandatory  and you will only be able to complete the Digital Industry Project if you attend.

    You will find information about how the MEA program, app and experiences work discussed in the ‘Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator’ topic within the MEA app.

    During the orientation session, you will be provided with all the information you need to successfully complete the client project and to hear from a panel of industry employers.

  • What course level/career stage is the MEA program meant for?

    The activities in the MEA career accelerator are designed to prepare all students for the employment landscape by providing fundamental tools and resources. While you may already be aware of the strategies presented, we recommend you use the career accelerator as an opportunity to deepen your understanding and reflect on your overall career readiness.

    Engaging in the Digital Industry Project will be a valuable experience no matter how qualified you are, it will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your transferable employability skills as you collaborate with your team to solve a real business problem for an industry client.

  • When will I find out about my team for the Digital Industry Project?

    You will receive further information about the Digital Industry Project, including your team, client and project details following the ‘Digital Industry Project Orientation’ session (only those who attend will be able to participate in this experience). You will be supported throughout your consulting project by Practera.

  • When will I get the MEA digital badge and e-certificate?

    You will receive your MEA badge and e-certificate (and also Digital Industry Project badge if you successfully participated) as soon as you have completed the ‘Participant feedback Survey’ within the MEA app.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the MEA program, please send them through to programs@practera.com.

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Study Melbourne International Education Resilience Fund

Melbourne Employability Accelerator has been made possible by funding from the Victorian Government through the Study Melbourne International Education Resilience Fund. MEA is a voluntary, extra-curricular skills development opportunity delivered in partnership by Student Success and edtech platform, Practera.