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The Alumni as Mentors programme is open to Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington alumni, across the world, who have gone on to have successful careers in a variety of fields and who wish to share their advice, experiences, and career journeys with current students. Our mentors are professionals from a wide range of sectors who want to assist final-year student mentees with their own professional development as they transition from university to the workplace. The formal partnerships run from March until September (full programme dates). 


Applications are welcome from alumni from all disciplines. 

Mentors must
  • have graduated from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree
  • be able to commit approximately 10-12 hours throughout the duration of the partnership to mentoring activities (e.g. mentoring meetings, attending networking events, and communicating with the programme coordinator).
  • engage with training material prior to first mentoring meeting, if they have not mentored on the programme before. 

Application and matching process

We hand-select each mentoring partnership based on the information provided in the mentor and mentee applications, including previous study, professional experience and industry, career goals and interests. A match is only made if we can find a suitable match.  

We also consider individual preferences of mentors and mentees, including gender and location, but if matched with a student, your partnership may not meet all your preferences and may take place online. 

Express interest in the next Alumni as Mentors

Applications have closed for 2023.

Express interest


"Being a mentor is a great chance to hone some of the skills that are so important if you want to get better at managing teams: coaching, active listening, leading etc. It's also a good opportunity to work with future leaders and build your Wellington network." - previous AAM mentor

Previous mentors

Alumnus Jason Nichols shares what his Law degree taught him, highlights from his career and what he enjoys about supporting the next generation of the legal profession through the Alumni as Mentors programme.
Read about Jason's career journey and his experience of mentoring. 

There are many strings to Richard Cawood’s bow. He shares with us his story of practicing law, becoming an entrepreneur and giving back. 
Read about Richard’s career journey and why he gives back through the Alumni as Mentors programme.

further information

If you meet the criteria to participate in the programme you can contact for more information.