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Alumni mentoring programs

Become a mentor and develop yourself, transform others

We offer a range of mentoring programs that connect our alumni with students, staff and other alumni. Learn why you should become a mentor and how to use your knowledge and experience to make an impact in the lives of others.

Mentoring benefits

  1. Make a meaningful difference to someone’s career and workplace
  2. Develop your leadership and coaching skills
  3. Expand your professional networks
  4. Hear fresh perspectives and ideas
  5. Share your valuable experiences

Mentor alumni

Guide our graduates throughout their career journey by becoming an online mentor. Our newest graduates right through to mid-level career alumni, would love to reach out to you for advice on navigating the workforce, industry trends, tips on making their next steps and how to grow their professional networks.

If you’re willing to share career advice and workplace experiences, we encourage you to become an online mentor and offer your business skills and knowledge to help guide and coach our emerging leaders.

Being a mentor brings great benefits, to both you and your mentee. Develop your leadership skills, expand your network and challenge your thinking, all while helping others.

Signing up to be a mentor

  • You get to decide when and how often you’d like to offer advice. Through the platform you can allocate the dates and times you’re available to have a career conversation.
  • When you sign up you’ll create a profile. It’s a great way to show mentees your skills and area of expertise.
  • Our mentees will approach you. After browsing your profile, if a mentee wants to seek your advice and schedule a conversation, you’ll be notified by email.
  • You won’t have to share your personal information with the mentees. All the details are scheduled through the platform, and you’ll have your conversations over the phone using a conference number provided.
  • You choose the type of advice you’d like to give. From offering general advice in a career conversation, critiquing a resume or even holding a mock interview with a mentee.
  • We’ll provide you with helpful career tips and topics you might like to cover in your conversations.
     
  1. We recommend you first read the mentor agreement (pdf 203 KB) and browse the user guide (pdf 758 KB). The guide has some great step by step tips on how to sign up.
  2. Sign up and set up your profile. The process is quick and easy, taking no more than 10 minutes. You can even pull in your profile from LinkedIn.
  3. Once you’ve set up your profile, our mentees will be able reach out to you for your advice. Sometimes it can take a while to be approached, but having a clear and detailed description about your skills and expertise in your profile can help.

If you’d like more information or have any questions, contact us at mentoring@sydney.edu.au.

Mentor students

Support our students in developing their career potential. Mentoring programs exist across a number of faculties and vary widely in their scope. Some encourage alumni to be mentors for students and other alumni, while others seek business leaders to become mentors, whether they are alumni or not.

The University of Sydney Business School

Faculty of Health Sciences

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Mentor staff

Support female staff at the University to accelerate into leadership positions through the Sydney Women’s Mentor Program. The program gives female University staff a space for self-reflection, feedback and vision-setting, to develop their leadership potential for senior roles.

If you have previous mentoring experience and currently hold an executive position we encourage you to share your knowledge and shape the leadership careers of some of the University’s top talent.

What to expect as a mentor

  • You will need to commit approximately 14 hours over a 10-month period, from February to December.
  • Your commitment will include one-hour monthly meetings, induction briefings and a graduation ceremony.
  • The program is delivered through a number of modes, including assessments, coaching, career seminars and self-directed learning.

Contact us to find out more and register your interest.

Throughout my career, I’ve learned some hard lessons. Knowing that I can use my learnings to inspire, advise and help others is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done - both professionally and emotionally.
Theodora Chan (BA(Media&Comm) ’10 BA(Hons) ’12), alumni mentor
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