alumni mentoring program

Industry mentoring program

Share your experience with future leaders

The Business School Industry Mentoring Program connects industry and alumni with current Business School students through a series of one-on-one meetings.

Mentoring is an enriching and rewarding experience that provides both participants with the opportunity for growth and development.

The Industry Mentoring Program is an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and expertise, contributing to the development of tomorrow's business leaders. The program connects industry professionals with at least five years' experience to current Business School students through a series of one-on-one meetings over a six-month period.

If you have five or more years industry experience and are ready to take up the challenge, then we would love to hear from you! Expressions of interest for the 2024 program are now open.

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What's involved?

All students will be based in Sydney for their studies, and we strongly encourage as many meetings as possible to be held face-to-face for the duration of the program. Virtual meetings are possible on occasions when mentors may not be able to meet their mentee in person.

The program runs from May to October. Applicants must be able to commit to six meetings with their mentee. This will usually take the format of one 30–45-minute meeting per month.

To get the most out of the experience, we ask mentors to attend the following:

  • a one-hour mentor training session in early May
  • the launch of the program in mid-May
  • a mentor only mid-program catch-up in August
  • the end of program celebration in October
  • six one-on-one in person, or virtual, meetings

Through positive interactions and meaningful guidance, mentors provide an opportunity for mentees to ask questions, discover industry opportunities and grow their professional knowledge and skills. Mentoring is a relationship that supports professional and personal development encouraging students to achieve their potential.

Common topics for mentee support or guidance include:

  • building professional confidence and networks
  • career exploration and discovery
  • understanding the nature of working in a particular industry
  • interview skills and confidence
  • learning from mistakes or setbacks

Mentees understand that this is not a work experience program and should not expect employment or preferential treatment into internships or graduate programs.

Sarah Scopacasa (MHRM&IR '13)

Sarah Scopacasa
Human Resources Business Partner, The Adecco Group
"It was a real honour watching my mentee learn and grow throughout the program. It is humbling to see such talented people coming out of our universities today. It also allowed me to further build on my own coaching and mentoring skills in an environment outside of my everyday role."

Greg Thong (BEc '88)

Greg Thong
"This is an amazing program, providing the opportunity to share and exchange knowledge and experiences between both mentor and mentee. It is personally enriching and insightful on the future needs for society and industry with the context of current academic studies. I am happy to be a part of this excellent program."

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Christine Brooks

External Engagement Manager

Karen Calayag (EMBA '06)

Karen Calayag
Director, Practice Systems
"The mentoring program is a wonderful opportunity for students to have a glimpse of the real world, explore actual work contexts, and receive practical guidance from professionals in their areas of interest. I find it's a great way to collaborate with fellow alumni, gain fresh insights from current students, and give back to the Business School."

Charlie Marriott (MMgt '15)

Charlie Marriott
Product Manager at Atlassian
"Mentoring is an incredibly rewarding relationship for all involved. I have really enjoyed being a part of the Business School's well crafted and engaging program. It has been a fantastic way to stay involved with the University and help support students as they explore where they'd like to take their studies."