Alum&Us: Information for Mentors

The Science Alum&Us Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for Science alumni to play a pivotal role in the development of students as they start thinking about the transition from study into their professional career. Students are provided with pre-program training to prepare them for the mentoring process.  
  • Personal fulfillment 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  

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 Science alumni, currently employed, with at least 5 years professional experience.
Mentors who are selected to participate in the program are expected to:
  • Participate in 5 x 1 hour face-to-face meetings with their mentees
  • Attend the launch event on Wednesday 3 April 2019 
  • Complete program evaluation and feedback 

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

Term 1, 2019 Program Outline

Getting started

Register your interest via online application form by Sunday 17 March, 2019.
Our Program Coordinator will touch base to go through the mentoring program details

Program Timetable

Wednesday 3 April 2019, 6:00 - 7:00pm Opening event
Wednesday 3 April - Monday 17 June 2019Mentoring period
Monday 1 July 2019Provide program feedback and evaluation


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


Apply here

For enquiries, contact Sarah