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Volunteer and mentoring opportunities

Discover the benefits of becoming a mentor or volunteer
Share your skills and experience with the University community through volunteering and mentoring programs that support our students, graduates and staff.

Benefits of volunteering

Mentoring programs and volunteering opportunites provide you with many benefits.

  • You can make a real difference.
  • It looks great on your resume.
  • It provides you with a chance to upskill.
  • It makes you happier – it’s good for the mind and body.
  • It provides a chance to build your professional and personal network.

For more information on why you should become a volunteer, read our article on the 7 surprising benefits of volunteering, including why it's good for your health and wellbeing.
 

Volunteering and mentoring programs

We are looking for alumni who currently hold executive positions and can help support female University staff to accelerate into leadership positions. If you have previous mentor experience, we encourage you to become part of the Sydney Women’s Mentor Program.

You will contribute to the staff experience and improve your colleagues' leadership skills while developing your coaching skills.

Location

Sydney

Time commitment

Fourteen hours over ten months, between February and December.

Volunteer responsibilities

What you can expect as a mentor:

  • 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.

To find out more and express your interest, complete our expression of interest form.

We're looking for alumni who have graduated in the past seven years from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and can assist University staff at recruitment events by sharing their experiences to potential future students.

You will be supporting our University community by recruiting the most talented students from diverse backgrounds into our broad set of faculties and schools.

Locations

Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney.

Time commitment

A few hours throughout the year attending evening events and our Open Day.

Volunteer responsibilities

As an ambassador, you could be asked to:

  • give a speech or sit on a panel to talk about your experiences as a student
  • help promote the University to prospective students
  • offer informal and practical advice to prospective students about University programs, life in Sydney and transition to employment
  • refer prospective students to appropriate contacts
  • advocate on behalf of the University and promote student and alumni engagement.

To find out more and express your interest, complete our expression of interest form.

We're looking for alumni who are currently overseas and have graduated in the past five years to assist University staff at international recruitment events by sharing their experiences to potential future students.

You will be supporting our University community by recruiting the most talented students from diverse backgrounds into our broad set of faculties and schools.

Locations

Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Vietnam.

Time commitment

A few hours throughout the year attending evening events.

Volunteer responsibilities

As an ambassador, you could be asked to:

  • give a speech or sit on a panel to talk about your experiences as a student
  • help promote the University to prospective students
  • offer informal and practical advice to prospective students about University programs, studying in Australia, life in Sydney and transition to employment
  • refer prospective students to appropriate contacts
  • advocate on behalf of the University and promote student and alumni engagement.

To find out more and express your interest, complete our expression of interest form.

There is a wealth of knowledge and experience within our Business School alumni community. The Business Alumni Mentoring Program is an opportunity for alumni to share their knowledge and expertise, contributing to the development of our students who are aspiring business leaders. We are seeking Business School alumni with at least five years professional experience to mentor Business School students in a one to one setting, virtual or face to face, for a minimum of six meetings.

Location

Sydney/remote

Time commitment

Minimum of 6 meetings, between May 2021 and October 2021

Volunteer responsibilities

Successful mentor applicants will be matched with a current University of Business School student, taking into account areas of study, interests, experience and goals.

The program runs for from May to October. Applicants must be able to commit to six meetings with their mentee. Meetings are face to face where geographically possible and virtual for students based out of Sydney.

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

  • attend a mentor training session prior to the launch of the program.
  • attend the launch of the program in May.
  • attend the graduation event in November.
Mentors and students are matched based on a range of factors:
  • student career goals
  • student needs in terms of "soft skills" development
  • mentor areas of professional expertise.

If you are interested in mentoring, or any other opportunities to support our Business School students, please email business.alumni@sydney.edu.au.