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Mentoring can be a powerful experience. It gives mentees an opportunity to put their knowledge in perspective, develop confidence in their own abilities, and see what it takes to build a successful and sustainable career. It also allows mentors to develop their leadership skills and to reflect on the lessons learned from their own professional experiences. 

UNSW offers a variety of mentoring programs centrally and within faculties, with both online and face-to-face options, to match the different needs of the 300,000+ UNSW alumni community.

Check out some of the programs available below.

Alumni Connect

UNSW Alumni Connect is a global peer-to-peer online mentoring program that connects UNSW graduates with their peers. UNSW facilitates the connection through an easy-to-use digital platform that matches mentors and mentees based on their location, career level, field of work, personal interests and professional goals. Once connected, mentor and mentee communicate directly with each other to establish their own mentoring arrangements in a format and time frame that suits them both. 

Mentor Connect

Mentor Connect is a program under UNSW Business School’s Career Accelerator program offering Business School students the opportunity to be mentored by UNSW alumni.  

The program is designed for busy professionals, giving alumni a flexible way to give advice and support to students that can make a huge difference in their professional lives. Participating alumni can connect with student mentees from anywhere in the world and meet with students in a format and timeframe that suits them.  

Mentor Connect is a great way to help students transition smoothly into the workforce, setting them up for a lifetime of success. While we encourage you to accept all meetings from students, you do have the choice to accept or decline meeting requests. 

Career Ready Mentoring Program

The Career Ready Mentoring Program aims to connect current students with alumni mentors from the Arts & Social Sciences, Art & Design, Built Environment, Medicine, Law and Science faculties.

As mentors, alumni work closely with student mentees via a series of informal online or phone meetings to provide support and insight during their transition from study to work.

This is an opportunity for alumni to further develop their leadership skills, reflect on career progression and achievements, and engage with the UNSW community. With a minimum of five (online or phone) sessions over 11 weeks, mentor-mentee online meetings may include sharing your own journey, identifying practical work opportunities, providing constructive criticism, and helping your mentee develop a career roadmap.

Watch the 2019 mentees and mentors talk about their experiences in the Career Ready Mentoring Program.

To find out more please contact us at or +61 2 8936 4716



Alumni Host Program

The Alumni Host Program connects a UNSW alumnus with a first-year international student to help them settle into their new home country and university life.  

The program runs over 13 weeks, with alumni hosts required to meet with their students on at least two occasions to provide a UNSW orientation experience  and help them make new local connections. Hosts may also like to help students learn local hotspots and activities, as well as provide informal mentoring on career and academic-related interests, and transitioning into a different culture.

To express your interest or find out more, please contact us at or +61 2 8936 4716.


Career Transition Mentoring Program

The UNSW Career Transition Program supports UNSW alumni making the challenging transition from the military to civilian life by connecting them with established alumni and industry professionals.

This program provides veterans with access to alumni mentors who have successfully transitioned into the civilian workforce and can share their personal and professional transition experience. As a mentor, you can also work with your mentee to help them develop new skills, while identifying new career options and goals.

Applications for the 2020 program are now open and will close on Monday 30 March 2020. This year's program will begin on Monday 13 April. For more information or to sign up, check out the UNSW Canberra website.

Other volunteering opportunities

There are many opportunities for UNSW alumni to be involved in the community, through experiences such as speaking at an event, becoming a faculty ambassador, joining a volunteer committee and more. For more information, please get in touch at