Mentoring, sharing wisdom and growing the UNSW Canberra community beyond the classroom is an important part of the university experience. Whether you're planning your career, making a change or exploring the paths you can take, we provide many opportunities for mentor-mentee relationships.

As a mentee, you can put your learnings into perspective, develop confidence in your abilities and learn how to build a successful career. As a mentor, you can develop your leadership skills and share your experiences with others for mutual gain.

The benefits

For mentors

As a mentor, this program will give you the opportunity to:

  • gain personal fulfilment through assisting to shape and develop the civilian career of fellow veterans and/or alumni
  • develop yourself professionally – enhance leadership, communication and management expertise
  • contribute to the education community through knowledge and skill sharing
  • network with and learn from other mentors in the program.

For mentees

As a mentee, this program will give you the opportunity to:

  • develop and improve your career skills in the context of the civilian workforce
  • cultivate personal and professional networks
  • gain first-hand knowledge into transitioning to the civilian workforce
  • expand your knowledge of career options and provide a tangible link between study, employment and industry
  • network with and learn from other mentees in the program who are also in the process of making the transition.

Career Transition Mentoring Program

The UNSW Canberra Career Transition Mentoring Program aims to support current and former members of Defence, whether UNSW alumni or not, making the transition from the military to the civilian workforce by connecting them with established alumni and industry professionals. Mentoring offered through this program is intended to provide mentees with access to mentors who have successfully transitioned into the civilian workforce and can share their personal, career and transition experience.

If you are interested in becoming a mentee or a mentor, reach out to the UNSW Canberra External Engagement team to be personally matched and begin your mentoring journey! 


  • This is a rolling program, so you can register anytime. Simply email the External Engagement team to be matched personally.

  • The program is open to current and former members of Defence, including UNSW Canberra and Sydney alumni. The focus of this program is to provide support to those making the transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

Career Discovery Mentoring Program

The UNSW Career Discovery Mentoring Program provides you with the opportunity to discover potential careers through a mentoring relationship that facilitates greater self-awareness of skills, knowledge, experiences and attributes.

You will receive guidance from mentors and gain knowledge of industries and sectors, career options, industry trends, workplace culture and dynamics. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your experience, while building personal and professional networks with mentors and fellow mentees.