Science U&I Mentoring Program

What is the U&I Mentor Program?

The U&I Mentoring Program supports career development, connection and collaboration between a UNSW Science student and an industry representative. Students and mentors discuss study backgrounds, career goals, entering the workforce, working life and building professional networks.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment for mentors is minimal. It is anticipated that once matched, mentors and mentees will meet for a minimum of three hours, over a three-month period, either through face-to-face and / or video chat sessions. However, the actual frequency and duration of these meetings will be determined by the participants. Coffee vouchers, UNSW meeting room bookings and parking vouchers can be arranged for meet ups on campus.

Information on when the next U&I Mentoring Program session will run will be published here as it becomes available.

How mentoring benefits mentors?

Mentoring is a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. Participation in the program can help mentors to:

  • Enhance their professional profile and the profile of their organisation

  • Develop coaching skills and mentorship experience

  • Learn more about their professional-self

It’s particularly useful to have mentors who are early in their careers, as students are more able to relate to them, however we’ve found great mentors at all stages of their career journey.

How mentoring assists students?

Discussions with mentors assist students to:

  • Understand the business work environment

  • Identify some of the keys to successful entry to and progression through an organisation

  • Understand the landscape and opportunities available for UNSW Science graduates

  • Make informed choices about university subjects to study

Who are the students?

The UNSW Science students are engaged and enthusiastic students in their final years of study. They are selected from a pool of students who have expressed interest in the program. The students are given training and guidelines on participating in the program.

Who are the mentors?

U&I mentors have come from numerous Government, NGO, private enterprise and start-up organisations. See a small selection below: