Alumni to students

What is the UOW Mentoring Program?

When students stand on the threshold of their career, having someone in their corner to help them find their way can change everything. You could be that someone for a UOW student by sharing your experience and success through the UOW Mentoring Program.

The program matches UOW alumni as mentors with current UOW students who are seeking career advice and are eager to gain insight into the opportunities and challenges of working in specific industries.

What's involved

  • The 2021 UOW Mentoring Program is a total of five (5) weeks, from 6 September to October 15. Please note: there is a one (1) week break from 27 September to 1 October
  • We match your expertise with a current UOW student interested in your field
  • You and your mentee agree on the amount of engagement time, with a minimum of 4 hours over the duration of the program
  • You then follow that agreement together - learning, networking and engaging with each other.

Training

The UOW Mentoring Program will provide training for both mentor and mentee. This training will be held online. We will outline expectations, key dates and available resources and will also host a mid-point session for mentees.

What's in it for you

Mentoring can benefit mentors as much as the mentees. Such benefits include:

  • Satisfying the natural human desire to share knowledge and experience.
  • Achieve satisfaction: For some mentors, having a mentee succeed and eventually become a friend and colleague, is one of their greatest joys.
  • Develop your professional network: By making contacts for your mentees, you strengthen your own contacts and make new ones.
  • Extend your contribution: The results of good mentoring have an ongoing and lasting effect, as mentees are often inspired and want to give back.

Note: Mentors and mentees will be matched based on responses to the criteria in the application form. It is possible that not all applicants will be matched as matching will be determined by students’ needs. We do encourage alumni from our different campuses to participate. Meetings with students are welcome to be conducted via phone, video or email.

Key dates

DateActivity
Monday 26 July Applications open
Sunday 8 August Applications close
Late-August/early September

Email notification to all applicants advising whether you have been matched with a mentee

Wednesday, 01 September (5:30pm-7:00pm AEST) Orientation and training (virtual event)
6 September - 24 September

Work on Career Action Plan or Graduate Job Application with mentee.

Provide feedback on the chosen task and discuss progress of the mentoring experience.

2 September - 29 September Work on Career Action Plan or Graduate Job Application.
Provide feedback on the chosen task and discuss progress of the mentoring experience.
27 September Mid-point survey due this week
27 September - 1 October Break - Student recess
4 October - 15 October

Work on Career Action Plan or Graduate Job Application with mentee.

Provide feedback on the chosen task and discuss progress of the mentoring experience.

15 October Program close
20 October (5:30pm-6:45pm AEST) Wrap-up event (virtual event)
14 November

Students Career Action Plan and reflective journal due. Deadline to complete feedback survey.

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UOW Mentoring Program

When UOW students stand on the threshold of their career, having someone in their corner to help them find their way can change everything. You could be that someone for a UOW student.

Frequently asked questions

What is the time commitment for the UOW Mentoring program?
UOW Mentoring requires 4-5 hours of contact time with your mentee over a five-week period.
There is an hour-long orientation session online where you will have the opportunity to meet your mentee.

Will my personal information be shared with my mentee?
When you apply to participate in the UOW Mentoring program you will be required to provide a brief introduction for your mentee. This introduction, along with your name, degree/s you have completed at UOW, current business details and a contact email address will be provided to your mentee. It is your choice if you decide to share more information about yourself throughout your mentoring partnership.

What will I be told about my mentee?
You will be told your mentees name and the degree they are enrolled in at UOW.

Am I required to participate in the orientation?
Yes, all mentors are required to participate in the orientation session, which will cover responsibilities and expectations for both mentors and mentees. The mentees will also attend the orientation. On this day you will also be provided with a participant manual which provides more detailed information about the program.

I am a UOW student, where can I apply to have a mentor?
You can sign up on the Careers Central website.

Where do I find out more?
Please contact alumni@uow.edu.au should you have any further questions