Career Collaborator is a UNSW wide mentoring program. The program is open to all UNSW staff, affiliates and partners. We hope this program will enable you to connect with peers across the UNSW network to have meaningful conversations about your career. Within this peer to peer mentoring network we encourage traditional mentoring, peer to peer mentoring and reverse mentoring, for more information on different mentoring styles please see our Mentoring Guidebook.
As a university we encourage lifelong learning so it is strongly encouraged that everyone sign up as both a mentee and a mentor. There will be times where you need someone's experience and assistance - and times where others may need yours.
There are so many benefits of having a mentoring relationship. Not just for the mentee, but for the mentor as well. But don’t take our word for it, check out the below video to hear some of the surprising benefits of mentoring from the Career Collaborator pilot participants:
Everyone can be a Mentor
A mentor is a guide who helps others explore options and possibilities. Your role as a mentor is to encourage and support your mentee, contributing to their development through thoughtful conversation and consultation. A mentor does not have to be a senior person or someone with a lot of experience, it’s not about having all the right answers. People are often surprised at what others are looking for, it may be you have digital skills, a comprehensive network at UNSW, or you demonstrate interpersonal skills that others are looking to build.
Everyone can be a Mentee
As a university we encourage lifelong learning so everyone can sign up as a mentee. An array of people can act as a mentor to help you gain new knowledge and skill sets that can broaden your career opportunities and personal networks for advancement. As a mentee you can tackle short and long-term goals, navigate challenges, and accelerate your growth.
No one forgets how they were mentored ... It's a really wonderful thing to do.
- Prof. Mary-Louise Mclaws, Faculty of Medicine