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P.A.L. stands for Peers, Ambassadors and Leaders. The P.A.L. program is a three-year program designed for undergraduate Monash Business School students.

The program builds on Monash's core values of innovation and creativity, diversity, fairness, engagement, integrity and self-reliance.

Through the P.A.L. program, we offer you the opportunity to engage with the wider university community, in addition to helping you develop and transform your teamwork and leadership skills.

Find out more about each component of the P.A.L. program below:

Peers

Are you new to studying at university? And are you feeling a bit nervous? Then our peer mentor program might be the right thing for you!

Having a mentor/buddy as you start your university journey can be a big help.

Through the P.A.L. peer program, you will be matched with a senior Monash Business School undergraduate student to help you get settled and connected as you begin your studies. Your mentor can help you make yourself familiar with what's what and who's who at Monash.

Who is eligible?

The program is open to both domestic and international undergraduate students at Monash Business School, who are starting their first semester at the Clayton or Caulfield campus.

Register for the Caulfield peer mentor program

Register for the Clayton peer mentor program

Would you like to be a mentor?

Apply now! We are looking for senior students to mentor our new first years.

To be a mentor you need to commit to:

  • a formal training day held before the start of the new semester (lunch will be provided)
  • peer mentor program launch session at Monash Business School undergraduate orientation day (this will take approximately 1 hour)
  • weekly meetings with your mentee for the duration of the semester

On completion of the program, mentors will receive a certificate of participation.

I am a senior student and I would like to apply to be a mentor (you will need to login through your student account).

Applications open on 1 May and 1 October each year for the following semester's program. Applicants will be notified in early July and early February each year.

Ambassadors

The ambassador program is about developing valuable team and leadership skills. We will provide the skills and experiences allowing you to develop your confidence in leading groups.

As an ambassador, you'll represent Monash Business School at public events such as orientation, Open Day and school presentations, gaining experience and attributes desirable in a leader. You'll be encouraged to become (or continue being) involved with the university, other students, and the wider community.

The skills and experience gained will be invaluable in your future, both on a personal level and in terms of your career. Your leadership, team-work skills, and engagement with the university will be acknowledged with a certificate presented at a farewell function.

Ambassador program activities

  • Welcome event in November, after exams
  • Two-day residential camp in Portsea on 11 - 13 February 2017 (compulsory)
  • Participation in orientation semester one (compulsory)
  • Be a peer mentor in a semester (compulsory)
  • Four self-select activities (minimum)
  • Skills workshops
  • End-of-program celebration event

The camp is designed to challenge you and to provide you with team and leadership skills.

Orientation in semester 1 provides you with an immediate opportunity to practice your skills. Semester two orientation allows for mastery.

The self-select activities allow you to make choices based to your interests. These can range from volunteering, workshops and other activities offered via the booking system throughout the year. You'll be required to do a minimum of four but there is no upper limit.

What is required of an Ambassador?

As an Ambassador it is your job to positively represent Monash Business School. You'll share your university experiences with future and/or commencing students at Orientation, Open Day and other University events.

What are the selection criteria?

Applicants should:

  • be willing and able to promote Monash Business School
  • have completed eight units (48 points) of study at the end of 2016
  • be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Monash Business School
  • have demonstrated involvement in extracurricular activities such as sport, theatre, clubs and dance
  • possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • have a desire to participate, make new friends and have fun

How can I apply?

Use our online form to apply for the 2017 ambassador program. Applications will open on 12 August 2016. You must be logged into your Monash student account to access this form.

Selection process timeline:

  • applications open on 12 August 2016
  • applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday 2 October 2016
  • applicants will be short-listed and notified by 7 October 2016
  • interviews (if required) will be during the week commencing 10 October 2016
  • applicants notified of outcome by 21 October 2016 (before exams)

Attendance at the camp and orientation are compulsory. If you are unable to attend, please do not apply.

Want to know more?

Contact Alison Richardson, PAL Program Manager
Address: Building N, level 4, Caulfield Campus
Email: buseco-pal@monash.edu
Phone: 03 9903 1403

Leaders

The Leaders Program is about developing a deeper understanding of self and society. We'll encourage you to investigate your own personal stance on important issues and give you practice in formulating and voicing your opinions.

You'll reflect on the nature of leadership and the values that determine actions. You're encouraged to become (or continue being) involved with the university and wider community by way of your team project and one other engagement opportunity. The skills and experience gained will be invaluable in both your personal life and future career.

What are a leader's responsibilities?

  • Attend the Leaders Program welcome event in November, after exams
  • Attend the Student Professional Development Leadership Symposium at Caulfield campus in February
  • Be a peer mentor for a semester
  • Attend the project management workshop series (three workshops), develop a team project and be a team member on that project which enhances engagement of fellow students (compulsory)
  • Attend the end-of-program celebration event

Over the program year you'll also be required to attend a minimum of :

What are the key features of the program?

The Student Professional Development Leadership Symposium

The professional development leadership symposium will expose you to current themes and trends in leadership. The symposium aims to explore participant awareness on matters pertaining to community challenges, at both a local and global level.

This powerful program is a great start to your leadership year and the fundamental purpose of the symposium is to foster enlightened and responsible leadership.

The Project

As a leader, you'll contribute to your university community by engaging in a project that enhances the experience of other students. Some past examples are: a tour of Melbourne for commencing students, a lunch-time music concert, art activities. You'll be supported with workshops in project and event management, and mentoring throughout your project.

At the end, you'll need to complete a project report and contribute to a book of the year’s leaders' achievements.

What are the selection criteria?

To be eligible for this program:

  • you need to be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Monash Business School
  • you need to be entering your final, full-year of study in March 2017, or completing your degree mid-year 2018
  • you should have a minimum average grade of a credit
  • demonstrate involvement in extra-curricular activities such as sport, theatre, clubs, associations and dance
  • excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills suitable for working in groups with people at all levels within the university and student body
  • a desire to participate at a superior level.

How do I apply?

To apply for the 2017 Leaders Program, please complete our online form. Applications open on 12 August 2016. To access this form you must be logged into your Monash student account.

Selection process timeline:

  • applications open on 12 August 2016 **
  • applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday 2 October 2016
  • applicants will be short-listed and notified by 7 October 2016
  • interviews (if required) will be during the week commencing 10 October 2016
  • applicants notified of outcome by 21 October 2016 (before exams)

**Attendance at the Leaders Symposium held in early/mid February is compulsory. If you are not able to attend, please do not apply.

Want to know more?

Contact Alison Richardson, P.A.L. Program Manager
Address: N building, Level 4, Caulfield Campus
Email: buseco-pal@monash.edu
Phone: 03 9903 1403

Contact us at P.A.L.

Program Inquiries

By email: buseco-pal@monash.edu
By phone:+613 9903 1403
By post: Alison Richardson
P.A.L. Program Manager
Monash Business School
PO Box 197, Caulfield East VIC Australia 3145
In person: Caulfield: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Building N, Level 4, 27 Sir John Monash Drive Clayton: Thursdays and Fridays during semester. Menzies Building, Level 2, East, Room E265, 20 Chancellors Walk

Caulfield: Building N, Level 4, 27 Sir John Monash Drive

Clayton: Menzies Building, Level 2, East, Room E265