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To be eligible to access this service you need to be a Deakin student who is in their final year of an undergraduate course (ie 8 or less units left to complete their degree) or a post-graduate student. On and Off-campus students can apply.
If the alumni member is unable to accept your request (they may be too busy or taking extended leave at that time), you will receive an email notification. Should this happen, don't be put off - simply search again and make contact with someone else.
If you are unable to make contact with anyone after 3 attempts please contact the Careers Mentoring Coordinator: include your phone number and they will email or ring you to provide further assistance.
An interviewee must be an Alumni member, with at least three year's experience in their career field or area of expertise and be willing to volunteer their time to be interviewed by a final year or postgraduate student. They will have an interest in sharing their professional experiences with you.
It is your responsibility to make the first contact with the interviewee to arrange a suitable time to conduct the interview. You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner including observing confidentiality and only asking career related questions. You should follow up the interview with a written thank you.
As the initial contact is to arrange an interview time and method, it will most likely be by email. The interview could be conducted via a face-to-face meeting (including supervised work visit or coffee catch-up) or by telephone.
Questions will mostly relate to gaining an insight into the career area and/or type of job you are interested in. Prepare a list of questions you wish to ask before conducting the interview. Questions could include:
There is no limit on the number of information interviews you can undertake.
Contact the Careers Mentoring Coordinator.