Momentum: Semester based

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CBE Momentum

 

What is Momentum?

Welcome to Momentum at the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE). Momentum is a not-for-credit, professional-development initiative where students can practice, develop and articulate their soft skills and understand their strengths and values. It builds confident, work-ready, and highly competitive graduates, and helps support a successful transition into the workforce.

Momentum includes:

  • mentoring with an experienced industry professional, including five, one-hour meetings (online or in person)
  • interactive workshops facilitated by industry and career-development professionals delivered week-by-week across the semester
  • CliftonStrengths Top 5 Assessment and a 1:1 CBE Careers coaching session.

The workshops and mentoring sessions are designed to complement five employability pillars: communication, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and personal brand. CBE leaders and industry professionals provide mentees with opportunities to practice, reflect and learn more about each pillar while developing skills to articulate their strengths and values.

When you join Momentum, your role as a mentee is to drive a unique mentoring relationship with one of our industry partners. With guidance and support from your mentor you will develop your professional soft skills, build the confidence you need to succeed in your career, and much more.

Your participation in Momentum will be an invaluable opportunity for you to grow as a future working professional.

Mentee application

Applications for Semester 2, 2024 are now open and close on Monday 10 June. Apply here.

Key Dates

When applying for Momentum, please ensure you have reviewed the timetable, as the workshops are compulsory to meet the requirements for completion.

An overview of key dates for Semester 2, 2024 Momentum can be found below. Orientation and workshops typically begin at 5pm and conclude at 7.30pm.

  • April – June: Application process and matching
  • July: Mentoring pairs announced
  • July – October: Mentoring meetings (at least five)
  • Wednesday 24 July: Orientation
  • Wednesday 31 July: Workshop 1: Enhance your communication skills
  • Wednesday 7 August: Workshop 2: Practice your critical thinking
  • Wednesday 14 August: Workshop 3: Develop your teamwork skills
  • Wednesday 18 September: Workshop 4: Learn about your leadership style
  • Wednesday 25 September: Workshop 5: Prepare your personal brand
  • Wednesday 2 October: Finale
  • Thursday 24 October: CBE Careers and Closing Ceremony


Eligibility

Places in Momentum are offered via a competitive selection process. Before you apply, please consider that attendance is compulsory at all events.

Momentum is open to students who:

  • are enrolled in a CBE program
  • are an ANU exchange student enrolled in a CBE course
  • are with the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre
  • have not participated in Momentum previously.

Undergraduates must have completed at least one semester of study by the time of application, postgraduate students can apply at any time.


Application

Applications for Semester 2, 2024 are now open and close on Monday 10 June. Apply now. 

Applicants will be advised of their application outcome after the closing date.


Frequently Asked Questions for Mentees

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Momentum runs for the duration of the Semester. In Semester 1, the bulk of the commitment runs from February to May, and in Semester 2 from July to October. The anticipated monthly time commitment is about 10 hours per month, this includes mentoring meetings and compulsory workshops.

WILL I RECEIVE CREDIT FOR COMPLETING MOMENTUM?

No, students participating in Momentum do not receive course credit.

ARE THERE PRE-REQUISITES?

No, please check the eligibility requirements. To succeed, mentees should:

  • plan ahead, commit, and follow through
  • have a genuine desire to learn and develop
  • have or be willing to develop time-management skills
  • bring a curious and pro-active attitude
  • invest time and effort into the mentoring relationship and personal development
  • be goal oriented and focused
  • open themselves to new ideas and constructive feedback
  • be willing to communicate and actively participate
  • conduct themselves professionally
  • respect privacy and confidentiality.
IS THERE AN ENROLMENT FEE OR COST TO JOIN MOMENTUM?

No, you are not required to pay any fees for your participation. It is not an expectation for either the mentor or mentee to provide refreshments when meeting.

I AM AWAY, CAN I STILL JOIN MOMENTUM?

Please review the timetable for the semester and check your availability, as the workshops are compulsory to meet the requirements for completion.

If you have one unavoidable clash, appointment, or unexpected illness, let us know so we can make sure you don't miss out.

HOW AM I MATCHED WITH MY MOMENTUM MENTOR?

Mentors and mentees will be matched through a confidential process, broadly based on the information provided through the respective party’s application. Every effort is made to ensure mentees and mentors are matched based on mutual indicators to ensure a mutually beneficial and enriching mentorship. However, a degree of flexibility and understanding from each party is required. At times, a re-match may be facilitated, but this is based on numerous factors and is at the discretion of the Momentum team.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I MEET WITH MY MENTOR?

Mentoring meetings are designed to provide the space and opportunity for mentor and mentee to debrief and reflect on the content and learnings from the Momentum workshops. Momentum requires five one-hour meetings across the semester, either held in person or virtually.

WHAT DO I DISCUSS WITH MY MENTOR?

It is the mentee’s responsibility to drive the mentoring agenda and to be prepared with goals or discussion topics for each meeting. Participants receive a guidebook with numerous career and workshop reflection questions.

WILL I GET A JOB, INTERNSHIP OR WORK EXPERIENCE FROM MOMENTUM?

No. Momentum is designed to assist students with their soft-skill development.

You should not expect or ask your mentor to provide you with employment.

We encourage all mentees to make the most of the time, valuable advice, and guidance your mentor can provide.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE MOMENTUM?

All mentees who successfully complete Momentum will be invited to attend a closing celebration to acknowledge the significant commitment and achievements of the cohort. Students receive a LinkedIn Momentum badge and completion certificate.