Get involved on campus
There are many ways to get involved across Burwood, Waterfront, Waurn Ponds, Warrnambool & our cloud campuses. Connecting with new students as a Peer Mentor, or getting involved with Clubs & Societies are a great way to gain valuable extra-curricular experience, as well as improve your skills in public speaking, organisation, networking, communication and more.
Becoming a Peer Mentor is a great way to develop your work-ready skills, while making a difference for new students at Deakin and contributing back to the student community. Many employers look to volunteering experience when hiring for graduate roles, and volunteering experience is a great way to develop professionally in several areas, including:
- Communication skills to a range of audiences
- Empathy and reflexivity
- Teamwork and innovation skills
- Independent working and leadership skills
- Public speaking and social confidence
- Decision making and critical thinking skills
What are the other benefits?
There are other benefits to becoming a mentor or ambassador, too. You can build your confidence and get to know yourself a little better by giving yourself the chance to try something new and contribute to a large project with people from different backgrounds, ability levels, and personal motivators. You get to learn new skills and take on a challenge in a fun, supportive environment that builds communities and fosters positive academic engagement. Many opportunities at Deakin for mentoring are also paid, so it’s a great way to find casual work while you are studying.
Who can be a mentor or ambassador?
Every program is different, but generally students who have completed 6 months – a year of study at Deakin are eligible to apply for any of the below mentoring or ambassadorship programs. Mentors will usually also be:
- Committed, reliable, and enthusiastic
- A good role model for other students
- Familiar with University and Faculty Services (you will also receive training in this area)
- Have a desire to help others
What mentoring programs exist?
How can I apply?
Mentoring and Ambassador opportunities are advertised on the Deakin Jobs and Internships Board, so be sure to check regularly to be the first to apply. You can view all mentoring programs at the Students Helping Students Hub:
Not only are clubs, Associations, and Society engagement valuable extra-curricular experience to list on resume when you are seeking internships or graduate roles, it’s a great way to get involved, make like-minded friends, and contribute to the student community.
There are other benefits to getting involved with a club or society:
- Expand your networks
- Improve social and communication skills
- Take on a challenging role, like club secretary, treasurer, president, or administration
- Develop event management and planning skills
- Maximise your decision making and problem-solving skills
- Contribute to positive student community culture
- Create a sense of ‘belonging’ amongst students in your club or society
Clubs and Societies are entirely student-led, and each club hosts several events and social functions, fundraisers, and get-togethers each trimester. Here are a couple of discipline specific Clubs and Societies in the Faculty of Arts & Education, however you can find the full list of clubs at DUSA, or even start your own!
Featured Faculty of Arts & Education Clubs & Societies:
- Burwood Student Theatre Company
- Anime & Gaming Club
- Deakin Anime Club
- Deakin Cheer and Dance Club
- Deakin Dance Club
- Deakin Education and Teaching Society
- Deakin International Affairs Society
- Deakin Networking and Entrepreneurship Club
- Deakin Philosophical Society
- Deakin Study Abroad Club
- Deakin TV
- Deakin Visual Art Society
- Deakin Writers Club
- Physical Education Student Society
- Student Theatre and Arts Troupe