Information for Mentors

The Career Ready Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for Arts & Social Sciences alumni to play a pivotal role in the development of students as they transition into their professional career. Successful students are provided with pre-program training to prepare them for the mentoring process.

Benefits

  • 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

Eligibility

Mentors must be UNSW Arts & Social Sciences alumni, currently employed, with at least 5 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

Semester 2 2017 Program outline

Getting Started
Register your interest via online application form by Sunday 30 July, 2017
Our Program Coordinator will touch base to go through the mentoring program details
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Program Timetable
Thursday 17 August 2017, 6:00pm Program launch event
Thursday 17 August - Thursday 26 October 2017 Mentoring period
Thursday 26 October 2017, 6:00pm Closing event
Thursday 2 November 2017 Provide program feedback and evaluation
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Meetings
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
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Support

Melinda Holcombe, Alumni and Engagement Officer is available to assist with any questions.

Registration

Registrations for Semester 2 are now closed. If you would like to find out more about our Semester 1, 2018 alumni mentor registration please contact Melinda Holcombe on m.holcombe@unsw.edu.au.

Mentor Handbook
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