Melbourne Employability Accelerator

Set yourself up for global career success with the Melbourne Employability Accelerator.

Melbourne Employability Accelerator (MEA) is a digital experience designed to support your career journey including developing employability skills, setting career goals, understanding the global employment landscape and building a professional identity.

The program is open to all international students currently based outside Australia, across all course and degree levels (including graduate research students).

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 (subject to meeting the hurdle requirement)
  • attend interactive workshops and industry panels
  • win exclusive rewards and be awarded a certificate and a digital badge upon completion

Students will be required to commit approximately:

  • 10 hours over a period of four weeks to complete the Career Accelerator
  • 25 hours over a period of two weeks to complete the Digital Industry Project

Program activities commence on Monday 30 August. Find out more below.

Please note: MEA is a voluntary, extra-curricular skills development opportunity, delivered in partnership by Student Success and edtech platform, Practera.

Digital Industry Project

Over the final 2-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 (subject to meeting the hurdle requirement).

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
  • earn a certificate and a digital LinkedIn badge upon completion.

How to sign up

Sign up for the Melbourne Employability Accelerator by registering your Student ID and confirming your interest in the application form. Once you’ve submitted a complete form, you will receive more information about how you can enrol into the program closer to the program launch date.

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More information

  • Eligibility

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

    • a currently enrolled international student at The University of Melbourne
    • currently residing in a country outside Australia
    • have the appropriate IT and technical resources to successfully participate in the digital program over a period of 4-6 weeks (e.g. laptop and reliable internet connection)

    Students who are not eligible for this program are encouraged to sign up for the Global Trade Accelerator program and Practera Consulting Projects.

  • Intakes

    The Melbourne Employability Accelerator program will run two intakes; with the first intake commencing in July and the next in August.

    Each intake of students will go through a Career Accelerator for a period of four weeks and those who meet the hurdle requirements, will be invited to join a two-week Digital Industry Project with their project team.

  • Key dates

    Successful applicants need to ensure they have the capacity, appropriate IT and technical resources (eg. laptop and reliable internet connection) and availability to participate in intakes of MEA virtually.

    July 2021 intake

    DateEvent
    Wednesday 23 June Registrations open for July 2021 intake
    Friday 16 July Registrations close for July 2021 intake
    19 – 23 July Week 1: Program commences
    26 – 30 JulyWeek 2: Digital App activities continue
    2 – 6 AugustWeek 3: Peer networking workshops
    9 – 13 August Week 4: Industry Panel x Digital Industry Project Orientation Event
    16 – 20 Aug Week 5: Digital Industry Project commences
    23 – 27 Aug Week 6: Final project presentations, reporting and reflection
    30 – 3 Sept Program wrap up celebration

    August 2021 intake

    DateEvent
    Monday 9 Aug Registrations open for August 2021 intake
    Thursday 26 Aug Registrations close for August 2021 intake
    30 Aug – 3 Sept Week 1: Program commences
    6 – 10 SeptemberWeek 2: Digital App activities continue
    13 – 17 Sept Week 3: Peer networking workshops
    20 – 24 September
    (Mid-semester break)
    Week 4: Digital Industry Project (DIP Week 1)
    27 Sept – 1 Oct Week 5: Digital Industry Project (DIP Week 2)
    4 – 8 OctoberWeek 6: Final project presentations, reporting and reflection
    11 – 15 October Program wrap up celebration

Frequently asked questions

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

    Yes, the MEA is a free, voluntary, extra-curricular skills development opportunity for international students based outside Australia.

    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 4-6 weeks to participate (e.g. laptop and reliable internet connection).

  • Does MEA have prerequisites? Is MEA a selected program? Who is eligible?

    No, the MEA does not have any prerequisites or a selection process to participate in the program.

    The MEA is open to all University of Melbourne international students based outside Australia, across all degrees, year levels and disciplines.

  • What is the time commitment for the MEA program?

    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.

    Students will be required to commit approximately:

    • 10 hours over a period of four weeks to complete the Career Accelerator
    • 25 hours over the final two weeks to complete the Digital Industry Project
  • Can I drop out of the program if I find it hard to commit? Will it affect my WAM?

    The MEA is an extracurricular self-directed program rather than a unit provided by faculties, thus MEA does not have an academic equivalent, so it will not affect your WAM. We understand you are occupied by study and some of you may have internships/jobs.

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

    • 10 hours over a period of four weeks to complete the Career Accelerator
    • 25 hours over a period of two weeks to complete the Digital Industry Project

    If you’re struggling to commit to the time requirement for the Digital Industry Project, we recommend you focus on Part 1 – the Career Accelerator, the self-directed activities aimed at improving employability skills that completed in your own time.

  • 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.

  • If I am not from the Business School, am I still eligible to apply for the MEA program?

    Yes, all current international students who are currently based outside Australia are welcome.

    Though the Digital Industry Project involves working on a business case, students from all backgrounds can contribute to a diverse team and come up with creative ideas. Teams with diverse expertise are valuable in the real-world consulting industry.

  • 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.

  • How do I book into MEA events?

    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.

    You can book into MEA events via the app by clicking on the activity topic or the specific event tile within the ‘Events’ tab, as you complete activities, topics will become unlocked.

    To unlock MEA events you will need to complete the activities listed below:

    Welcome Webinar

    • You should be able to book-in to the Welcome Webinar as soon as you enrol and enter the MEA app

    Virtual Networking Event

    • Welcome check in (within the Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator topic after you have attended or viewed a recording of the Welcome Webinar)
    • Complete the networking quiz (Professional connections and networking)

    Digital Industry Projects Orientation

    • Welcome check in (within the Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator topic after you have attended or viewed a recording of the Welcome Webinar)
    • Smart resume activity (How to create a stand out application)
    • Networking quiz (Professional connections and networking)

    MEA Celebration event, stay tuned following end of program

    • Welcome check in (within the Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator topic after you have attended or viewed a recording of the Welcome Webinar)
    • Career mapping - career readiness quiz (Understanding you)
    • Australian market quiz (Australian employment environment)
    • Global skills self reflection (Building skills and experiences)
    • Smart resume activity (How to create a stand out application)
    • Networking quiz (Professional connections and networking)
    • Teamwork quiz (Preparing for group work)
    • Program feedback
  • What is the Virtual Networking Event? How do I book into the event?

    This event is an opportunity for you to connect with other students undertaking the MEA while you practice your professional networking skills, you will:

    • Learn how to prepare for virtual networking
    • Learn how to tell your story in a professional setting
    • Gain tips for making the most of networking opportunities
    • Practice networking activities with your peer

    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.

    You will be able to book into the event via the app by clicking on the activity topic or via the events tab if you have completed the qualifying activities for it to become unlocked.

    To unlock the Virtual Networking Event, you will need to complete the activities below

    • Welcome check in (within the Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator topic after you have attended or viewed a recording of the Welcome Webinar)
    • Complete the networking quiz (Professional connections and networking)
  • What is the Digital Industry Project Orientation session? How do I book into the session?

    You will be provided with all the information you need to successfully complete the client project and it will also feature a panel of industry employers.

    Attendance is mandatory for those who wish to complete the Digital Industry Project.

    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.

    You will be able to book into the event via the app by clicking on the activity topic or via the events tab if you have completed the qualifying activities for it to become unlocked.

    To unlock the Digital Industry Projects Orientation, you will need to complete the activities below

    • Welcome check in (within the Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator topic after you have attended or viewed a recording of the Welcome Webinar)
    • Smart resume activity (How to create a stand out application)
    • Networking quiz (Professional connections and networking)
  • What is the MEA Celebration Event? How do I book into the event?

    A celebration event will be held for all students who successfully complete either the MEA career accelerator, the Digital Industry Project or both. It will take place after the six weeks of the program once it is complete.

    This will be a unique event and feature a live virtual tour of the one and only Melbourne Zoo.

    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.

    You will be able to book into the event via the app by clicking on the activity topic or via the events tab if you have completed the qualifying activities for it to become unlocked.

    To unlock the MEA Celebration event, you will need to complete the activities below, date and time to be communicated shortly.

    • Welcome check in (within the Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator topic after you have attended or viewed a recording of the Welcome Webinar)
    • Career mapping – career readiness quiz (Understanding you)
    • Australian market quiz (Australian employment environment)
    • Global skills self-reflection (Building skills and experiences)
    • Smart resume activity (How to create a stand out application)
    • Networking quiz (Professional connections and networking)
    • Teamwork quiz (Preparing for group work)
    • Program feedback
  • Will I be able to book into an event on the day?

    You should be able to book into an MEA event until it is beginning, however places are limited so we recommend booking in as soon as you are able to do so. Please note that some MEA events require the completion of specific activities before they will become unlocked for you to book-in.

  • What do I do if an event is booked out?

    There will be a video of the MEA ‘Welcome Workshop’ made available on the app.

    The ‘Virtual Networking’, ‘Digital Industry Project Orientation’ session and ‘MEA Celebration’ events will only be available at the dates and times specified, please see the events tab within the MEA app for further details.

  • Where can I find out what rewards are available?

    Please see the ‘Rewards’ page within the ‘Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator’ topic in the MEA app for more information about MEA rewards, key activities needed to qualify and submission cut-off dates. If you have won a reward voucher, you will be able to see your badges within the MEA app and you will be notified by Practera if you have won any of the additional MEA rewards.

    MEA rewards winners will be randomly selected from all those who have completed the qualifying activities by the submission dates stated on the ‘Rewards’ page within the ‘Welcome to the Melbourne Employability Accelerator’ topic of the MEA app.

  • 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.

  • What if I want to participate in the MEA program but I’m not eligible?

    We strongly encourage you to visit the Careers & Employability website and explore the range of advice, services and resources on offer. The 'Get Career Ready'' page is a great place to start and links to specific key resources for each stage of your career and application stage, including smart tools that can help you measure your progress.

    Please find below alternate programs and resources provided by the University of Melbourne to support your employability development:

    • Leadership and Employability Experiences to build your experience, transferable skills and networks.
    • Melbourne Talks is designed for international students to learn about Australian culture, University life and practice your English language skills while connecting with peers.
    • Career Advising Services ranging from tailored Studios and 1-to-1 Career Advising to practical Workshops and topical Information Sessions.
    • Find a mentor that is the right fit for you via one of the University of Melbourne’s range of mentoring programs.
    • Sign up to Ask Alumni to connect with industry professionals and gain advice according to your interests.
    • Sign up and explore Careers & Employability LMS modules – whether you’re seeking to discover your career options, understand the employability landscape or prepare your job applications, the LMS community has extensive advice and resources that will guide you.
    • Explore University Life Experiences including clubs and societies.

Contact us

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

Students who use WeChat can also follow the MEA WeChat group to get their questions resolved.

Visit the MEA WeChat Group

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