Mentor a student. Transform a life.

The UNSW Business School Career Mentoring Program pairs the School's most ambitious business students with accomplished alumni and industry partners for a fifteen-week mentorship. 

Eligibility criteria for mentors

  • Mentors must be UNSW Business School and/or AGSM graduates, or 
  • UNSW Business School industry partners
  • Mentors must have at least five years of professional business experience

The commitment for mentors

  • Mentors are required to spend a minimum of five hours with one mentee over the course of fifteen weeks from 5 July to 14 October 2022

During this unique time for our community, UNSW is committed to providing safe opportunities for alumni and industry partners to connect, mentor and learn. 

The program continues to offer the flexibility of conducting your mentoring sessions in-person and online by video (such as Microsoft Teams, Skype or Zoom), or by phone, email and instant messaging such as WhatsApp.

Meetings are arranged by the mentor and mentee with no formal check-ins from UNSW Business School, to allow the mentorship to develop organically.

The mentoring program is a formal university extracurricular activity that is included on students’ Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement. Therefore, it is important you commit to the minimum number of five hours to ensure your student meets the requirements for their Graduation Statement.

Mentors provide advice and guidance about career opportunities and navigating the work world post-university. The mentorship will help improve the mentee’s networking and professional skills and boost confidence, as well as clarify career goals and aspirations.

New offer for mentors this year

Receive a certified digital badge as recognition for your mentoring participation

This year, we are excited to share that all mentor participants who complete the Career Mentoring Program will receive a certified digital badge.

We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging.

That is why we have partnered with Credly this year to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

FAQs

What are the benefits of a certified digital badge?

Representing skills as a badge gives earners a way to share their abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be verified in real-time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what was done to earn the credential and the skills acquired. It's an easy, visual way for employers to see where candidates have learned and what they can do.

How do I know if I’ve earned a certified digital badge?

Alumni and industry mentors who complete the Career Mentoring Program will receive a badge, which can be added to a LinkedIn profile or used elsewhere online.

How do I receive the digital badge?

You will receive an email notifying you to claim your badge at our partner Credly's website after the program completion date (14 October 2022).

  • Click the link in that email.
  • Create an account on the Credly site.
  • Claim your badge.
  • Start sharing.

About the student mentees

Mentees are domestic or international students either in their penultimate or final year of an undergraduate Business School degree or enrolled in a postgraduate Business School degree (excluding those that require professional experience). Students attend training sessions prior to the start of the mentoring program in the areas of professional behaviour, business etiquette and networking. They are coached on how to conduct a mentoring relationship, but they will often need their mentor’s help to drive the discussion and set the agenda for their mentoring sessions. For some students, this program is their very first experience in the business world.

Testimonials

"My mentor gave me some of the best advice I know which will stay with me for the duration of my professional career. Say YES to every opportunity – you never know where it may lead you! By taking part in CMP, I increased my knowledge and understanding of my desired industry and key skills valued in the workplace. Since taking part in CMP, I have taken the initiative and successfully secured job interviews for the upcoming year."

- Sid Prasad
4th Year Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

"The Career Mentoring Program not only allowed me to learn and understand the Australian job market but also provided me with practical knowledge and insights from industry professionals. My mentor helped me understand the importance of having a strong personal brand and how this can create new opportunities."

- Ichka Jargalsaikhan
Masters of International Business

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality for all those who engage in the work we do, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage.

We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

Contact us

For more information about the program contact the Alumni & Engagement Coordinator, Business at alumni@business.unsw.edu.au.

Career Mentoring Applications close on
20 May 2022
You can find out more about eligibility and commitment in our 2022 Alumni Mentor Guide.

Chartered Accountants Australia partners with UNSW Business School to deliver the Career Mentoring Program.