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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.

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 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



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).

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. 

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