Career Ready Mentoring Program

UNSW’s Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences focuses on developing career ready graduates who are equipped with the skills to succeed in today’s fast paced professional environments.  

Our Career Ready Mentoring program connects current students, in their final year, with established alumni and industry professionals to provide support and a practical 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. 

Program Benefits

Students who take part in the Career Ready Mentoring Program will build upon their professional capabilities which will allow them to:

  • Expand knowledge of career options and provide a tangible link between study, employment and industry
  • Cultivate both personal and professional networks
  • Develop career skills such as: interview techniques, job search, improving resume, communication and relationship building
  • Get to know an alumni professional who will provide support and guidance
  • Undertake a AHEGS accredited program

This program is not an internship, work experience or employment. The aim of this program is to assist you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to gain employment in your chosen field.

Eligibility Criteria

Students who take part in the Career Ready Mentoring Program must fulfill the following criteria:

  • A UNSW Student in penultimate or final year of study
  • Enrolled in courses for the Term the program is running
  • An overall WAM of 50 or above and good standing at time of application

This program is open to undergraduate, postgraduate; domestic, international; full-time and part-time UNSW students.

Term 2, 2020: Program Outline

Before registering for the program please ensure you can to commit to the following timetable and compulsory responsibilities:

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 – 4 September, 2020 Attend faculty closing event
11 September, 2020 Survey due


Career Ready Mentoring Mentee Responsibilities

Mentees are required to show a strong commitment to completing the program to the highest standard possible. This includes:  

  • Attending the pre-program training
  • Responding to phone and email communications from program organisers within 48 hours of receiving
  • Making initial contact with your mentor once matched
  • Identifying mentoring objectives and formulating a mentoring schedule in collaboration with your mentor
  • Clearly communicating your expectations to your mentor and being open to their guidance
  • Committing to 5 meetings throughout the duration of the program
  • Keeping a reflective journal of your experience which will contribute to AHEGS accreditation.

Mentees can contact UNSW Careers and Employment if they have any questions or concerns about their mentoring experience.

How to Apply

Applications are now open for the Term 2, 2020 Program. If you have any questions please contact Career Ready Mentoring Program