Career Ready Mentoring Program for Mentors

The UNSW Career Ready Mentoring program connects current students, in their final year, with established alumni & industry professionals to provide support and a significant opportunity to focus on career development during the transition from study to work. The program is delivered via a minimum of 5 sessions over an 11-week period.


  • Personal fulfilment from shaping and developing a student’s career
  • Professional development – enhancing leadership, communication and management expertise
  • Contributing to the education community through knowledge and skills sharing
  • Opportunity to reflect on own career/ personal aspirations
  • Networking with other mentors
  • May provide an effective recruitment tool for businesses wanting to employ new graduates

Organisational Benefits

  • Contribute to the development of emerging professionals
  • Identify future talent for your organisation
  • Gain current information on educational trends
  • Professional development opportunities for participating employees


Mentors must be UNSW Arts & Social Sciences alumni, currently employed, with a minimum of three years professional experience.

Role of the Mentor

  • As a mentor, your overall objective is to assist your mentee transition from student to professional through guidance, advice and sharing of insights into their chosen industry.
  • Students, with your support, will set meeting objectives. Your role is to facilitate development of your mentee by acting as a resource and advisor. This may include assisting mentees to determine their career goals, sharing insights about your role, industry or work experience.

Areas that mentees may need guidance around are as follows:

  • Workplace insights e.g. culture, professional conduct, governance etc.
  • Networking and interview skills
  • Sounding board for CV and LinkedIn development
  • Industry trends and challenges
  • Finding job opportunities in the industry – job hunting strategies

2020 Program Outline

Getting Started
Register your interest via the expressions of interest form below
Our program coordinator will be in touch when mentor applications open in the coming months
Program Timetable
Thursday 16 April, 2020 Applications close

Wednesday 27 May, 2020 2-3-30pm, 4-5.30pm

Thursday 28 May, 2020 12.30-2pm

Pre-program training session
Tuesday 9 June, 2020 6pm Program launch event
Tuesday 9 June, 2020 to Friday 29 August, 2020 Mentoring period
Friday 3 July, 2020 Return completed mentoring agreement
20 July - 24 July, 2020 Mid-Program survey
Monday 31 August, 2020 Reflection letter due
Monday 31 August, 2020 - 4 September, 2020 Attend faculty closing event
11 September, 2020 Survey due
Provide guidance to your mentees on at least 5 face-to-face occasions
Student will make initial contact and arrange a time and place to meet
First meeting between student and mentor. Identify goals and timeline and complete mentoring placement form
We recommend at least one meeting be held at the mentor’s workplace to showcase a professional working environment if they are based in the Sydney region

Support & Registration

Please register your details with our expressions of interest form, if you are interested in becoming a mentor and would like to be notified when the 2020 applications open. If you have any questions, please contact Jess Theakstone.

2020 Program Expression of Interest