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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 digital hub dedicated to your personal and professional development. Hosted on the alumni-founded platform, Kintell, Alumni Connect facilitates 1:1 video mentoring and networking, peer to peer. By joining this UNSW exclusive group and setting up your profile, you will be able to seamlessly network, connect and tap into the expertise of your fellow alumni from around the world. The integrated user experience, with an in-built booking function and high-quality video conferencing technology, means you never need to leave the platform. Connecting with your peers has never been so easy! 

Meet-a-Mate: International Student & Alumni Mentor Network

The Meet-a-Mate: International Student & Alumni Mentor Network program is an alumni-powered mentoring program designed to welcome international postgraduate students as they transition into study at UNSW.

It’s an opportunity to:

  • Give back to students in need, during this challenging time
  • Boost your leadership skills
  • Grow your global network
  • Make a difference in your community

What’s involved?

This is a chance for all of our worldwide alumni – in any stage of your life or career - to join in and help out students.  As a Meet-a-Mate mentor, you are matched with a student mentee based on degree, nationality/location, career and/or personal interests.

Over the course of 12 weeks, mentors and mentees will meet – digitally or in person - at least twice between September and December in a format and timeframe that suits you and your mentee.  You’re invited to:

  • Reflect on and share your own UNSW experience
  • Welcome new international students who are either in Australia or overseas
  • Provide international students with a sense of belonging to UNSW

How do I join?

It’s easy:  simply click on the link below and fill out the application form.  We’ll then be in touch with more details!

Applications close on Friday 21 August 2020.


Career Discovery Mentoring Program

The Career Discovery Mentoring Program aims to inspire students by connecting them with alumni working across the globe in diverse industries and professions.

The program is open to students from their second year of study and spans six UNSW faculties:

  • Arts, Design & Architecture
  • Medicine & Health
  • Law & Justice
  • UNSW Canberra
  • Engineering
  • Science

Why become a mentor?

  • You'll have the opportunity to inspire a student who is eager to learn more from your career trajectory and expertise.
  • You'll develop your leadership skills by reflecting on your career learnings, achievements and milestones. 
  • You’ll be contributing to the UNSW community in a meaningful way. 

Dates: Monday, 13 September – Friday, 15 October 2021

Commitment: Five hours of mentoring over five weeks

Format: 100% online

For any questions regarding this year’s program please contact the Career Discovery Mentoring Team at

UNSW Business School Career Mentoring Program

The UNSW Business School Career Mentoring Program (CMP) pairs the School's most ambitious business students with accomplished Business School and AGSM alumni, and industry professionals for a fifteen-week mentorship. Mentors must have at least five years of professional business experience and are required to spend a minimum of five hours with one mentee over the course of the program.

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 with professional work experience, for e.g. MBA students).

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 have now closed, any applications received will be entered into the 2021 program. 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