Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program

The Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program, or VCPEP, is a personal and professional development program designed exclusively for Deakin students studying on a Vice-Chancellor’s Academic or International Excellence Scholarship. ​

​Scholars complete the VCPEP alongside their course, and are empowered to achieve beyond their expectations, be ready for the careers of the future, and make significant contributions to our community.​

​In the program scholars explore their personal aspirations and career opportunities through workshops and development meetings, and also meet regularly with an Academic Mentor. Their networks and experiences are built through tailored annual Personal and Professional Challenges, and each November employers and university leaders join us to recognise scholars’ achievements at the VCPEP Annual Dinner.​

By graduation, scholars are equipped to apply their skills and experiences in bold and exciting careers.

  

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Events & Workshops

Induction

A day-long workshop introducing scholars to their peers, the VCPEP, and expectations of their engagement with all elements of the program.

Returning Scholars Workshops

A half-day workshop before a scholar’s second trimester reflecting on their transition to university life and setting goals for future trimesters, highlighted by addresses from guest speakers.

Personal Challenge

Every year scholars step beyond their comfort zone and complete an experience which develops skills relevant to their future goals. In first year a Deakin-arranged Personal Challenge explores ideas of authentic leadership, after which scholars tailor experiences to their own interests and aspirations.

Professional Challenge

Every year scholars step beyond their comfort zone and complete an experience which develops skills relevant to their future career. In first year a Deakin-arranged Professional Challenge introduces scholars to the dynamic and ever-changing world of work, after which scholars tailor experiences to their own interests and aspirations.

Annual Dinner

The crowning event in the VCPEP calendar bringing together scholars, Deakin staff and industry partners for a night of networking and celebration of the year’s successes, including a keynote address from the Vice-Chancellor.

Individual Support

“I love the opportunities the VCPEP gives me including networking, goal-setting, and connecting with my Academic Mentor and like-minded, high achieving students. It has pushed and challenged me to develop many skills that will be useful for my future career.”“

Jingyi, Health Student

“My VCPEP network helped me step out of my comfort zone by encouraging me to attend more networking events and become more involved in extra-curricular activities.”

Katrina, Engineering Student

Through the Professional Challenge I’ve acquired valuable insights about real-life professional work. The VCPEP sets us up for success after graduation as we are required to manage our schedule and balance academic grades, extracurricular activities, university events and program requirements.

Clement, Business student
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