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UOW Mentoring

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. Share your experience and success by taking part in the UOW Mentoring Program.

The program matches mentors with current UOW students who require a little extra support and are eager to gain insight into the opportunities and challenges of working in your industry.

What's involved
  • It runs over 8 weeks from March to June
  • We match you, the experienced mentor, with a current UOW student eager to engage and gain insight into the opportunities and challenges of working in your workplace or industry
  • You and your mentee agree on the amount of time you spend together within that period, making it work for both of you, with a minimum of 4 - 5 hours contact
  • Then you follow that agreement together - learning, networking and engaging with each other
  • This pilot program of UOW Mentoring aims to provide mentors for equity students who came to UOW via a pathway program, have a disability or accessibility needs, or are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Training will be provided in addition to the knowledge and skills you bring from your years of experience working in the field. We will also host drop-in sessions where you can meet your mentor on campus.

What's in it for you

It is now recognised that modern mentoring can benefit mentors as much as those that they mentor. 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: in making contacts for your mentees, you strengthen your own contacts and make new ones.
  • Extend your contribution: the results of good mentoring live after you, as former mentees continue to contribute even after you have moved on.

Note: Mentors and mentees will be matched based on responses to the application form. Not all mentors that apply with be matched as we want to provide students with the best possible mentor match.

Please apply below to express your interest in being a UOW Mentor. In this pilot phase we are only accepting mentors who live in the Illawarra region.

Applications are now closed as we have received enough applications for Autumn session.

If you are interested in participating the future please email uow-mentoring@uow.edu.au.

Key Dates

26 February 2018

Applications open

11 March 2018

Applications close

27 March 2018

UOW Mentoring Program Launch and Training

30 March - 2 April 2018


9 April 2018

Mentee to submit mentoring agreement

16 April - 22 April 2018

Student recess week

23 April 2018

Mentee to submit Career Action Plan

1 June 2018

Program close

17 June 2018

Mentee to submit reflection

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 an eight week period and an hour of face-to-face training. The training will also include the opportunity to meet your mentee.

Will my personal information be shared with my mentee?
When you apply for 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 mentor. 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 training?
Yes, all mentors are required to participate in the training session, which will cover responsibilities and expectations for both mentors and mentees. The mentees will also attend training. On this day you will also be provided with a participant manual which provides more specific 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.