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WOMEN'S MENTORING PROGRAMME

The Women’s Mentoring Programme is a scheme that matches female students with mentors from the Business School’s vast network of business women.

Hear from mentors and mentees about how the Women’s Mentoring Programme guides the next generation of female business leaders.

Why single out women?

Women make up almost half of the Business School’s student population, and they consistently top their classes in all subjects. Despite this, women continue to be the minority in senior and executive positions, and on boards and committees. As a result, the perspectives of women are under-represented in public policy and decision-making processes.

Mentoring programmes can facilitate women’s career development, as well as providing them with insights and information into organisational cultures at senior management levels.

How the programme is structured

The programme is designed to be highly flexible so the mentee can achieve their own professional development goals. It is also intended that it does not become too onerous and can accommodate the mentors and mentees busy schedules.

At least four face-to-face meetings are recommended during the year between mentor and mentee, with more regular email or phone communication.

Whilst the programme is designed to be flexible, we also provide suggested topics to help drive conversation, with supporting reading materials. Topics include:

  • Making a great first impression
  • Building rapport
  • Networking
  • Learning the job
  • Managing conflict
  • Balancing work/life and leisure
  • Being resilient

There are also regular events for all participants in the programme to meet, with opportunities to hear from New Zealand’s leading women. Speakers have included former Prime Minister Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley and alumna Anne Quinn CBE, who led a distinguished career in the oil, gas and power industry.

The students and mentees

The programme is open to female business or conjoint students who will have completed at least one year of business programmes and will be going into at least second-year by March 2019. The WMP is designed for students who need assistance with their career path and who want to improve skills and broaden their networks. Be prepared to attend an event each month, usually held after 6pm. Applications will be judged on quality of responses, and students involved in extra-curricular, voluntary and community activities will also be regarded highly. Selected mentees will be notified by email by December 2018. The programme starts in Semester One 2019.

It is important to note that this is not a work experience programme or a recruitment tool and students should not expect to obtain employment from the programme.

The commitment required from mentors

We expect participants to communicate at least once per month and have a minimum of four face-to-face meetings throughout the year. The programme runs during the academic year, from March to October. We provide monthly topics of discussion and resources to help drive discussion.

Mentors must live in Auckland, have a minimum of five years’ industry experience, be willing to commit to the programme and be able to attend some evening events. There are approximately four networking events for mentors and mentees throughout the year, as well as a mentors’ briefing, a mentors' feedback session, the programme launch event in March, and the final wrap-up event in October, with all participants.

Apply to become a mentee in 2019

If you wish to become a mentee, please apply by 31 October 2018. We will be in touch with applicants in December 2018 to let them know if they have been selected for the 2019 programme. 

Survey Monkey mentee online application form

Apply to become a mentor in 2019

If you wish to become a mentor, please apply by 31 October 2018. We will be in touch with applicants in December 2018 to let them know if they’ve been successfully matched with a student or not. Unfortunately we will not be able to match all applicants.

Survey Monkey mentor online application form

If you are interested in supporting a young female and have a minimum of five years industry experience, please contact:

Natalie Newton

Alumni Relations Manager
Phone: +64 9 923 8606
Email: uabsalumni@auckland.ac.nz

Key resources

To access key resources available for the programme please visit the Women's Mentoring Resources page.