Women's Mentoring Programme
The Women’s Mentoring Programme at the Business School matches female business students with women working in business.
Why single out women?
Women make up almost half of the Business School’s student population, and regularly top their classes. 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 provide them with insights and information into organisational cultures at senior management levels.
Hear from mentors and mentees about how the Women’s Mentoring Programme guides the next generation of female business leaders in the video below:
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.
We recommend mentors and mentees meet once a month if possible, with a minimum of at least four face-to-face meetings during the year along 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
- 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, alumna Anne Quinn CBE, who led a distinguished career in the oil, gas and power industry, and Gráinne Moss, Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children.
Students and mentees
The programme is open to female undergraduate BCom and BProp or BCom and BProp conjoint students who will have completed at least one year of business programmes and will be going into their penultimate or final year of study in March 2020. Mentees will need to be studying in both Semesters One and Two in 2020, to ensure that they will be in Auckland to fulfil their mentoring relationship. If you are going on exchange in 2020, you will not be eligible to apply.
The WMP is designed for students who need assistance with their career path and 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 extracurricular, voluntary and community activities will also be regarded highly. Selected mentees will be notified by email in December 2019. The programme starts in Semester One 2020.
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.
Commitment required from mentors
The programme runs during the academic year, from March to October. Ideally, mentors will meet up with their mentees around once a month, as well as at the on-campus networking events. 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 2020
If you wish to become a mentee, please apply by 31 October 2019. We will be in touch with applicants in December 2019 to let them know if they have been selected for the 2020 programme.
Apply to become a mentor in 2020
If you wish to become a mentor, please apply by 31 October 2019. We will be in touch with applicants in December 2019 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.
For more information about the Women’s Mentoring Programme, please contact:
Alumni Relations Manager
Phone: +64 9 923 8606
Below are session topic readings for the Women’s Mentoring Programme. These links are freely available web material unless stated.
1. Making a great first impression
2. Working with a mentor
- 10 Questions to Consider When Working With a Business Mentor – Entrepreneur
- How A Mentor Can Help Your Career – Forbes
- Find and Work With a Mentor – Alberta Learning Information Service
- Business Mentoring Matters - How to Prepare for Your Meeting With Your Mentor – Management Mentors
- Top 10 Qualities of a Good Mentor – Franchise Growth Partners
- Mentoring Skills: Using Your Knowledge and Experience to Help Others – Mindtools
- Mentoring in a Nutshell (498.4 kB, PDF)
4. Building your own brand
- 7 Things You Can Do To Build An Awesome Personal Brand – Forbes
- 5 steps to Building a Personal Brand (and Why You Need One) – INC
- Build Your Personal Brand – CareerAdvisor by PwC
- Building Your Brand: Tactics for Successful Career Branding – LiveCareer
5. Being resilient
- Developing Resilience: Overcoming and Growing From Setbacks – Mindtools
- How Resilience Works – Harvard Business Review
- How to be Assertive: Asking for What You Want Firmly and Fairly – Mindtools
- Why Confidence Is So Important (And How To Improve Yours) – Lifehacker
- 7 Steps to Positive Assertiveness – Donna Schilder
6. Learning the job
- Tips For Young Professionals Starting a New Job – Forbes
- 19 Tips for Making a Great Impression at Your New Job – LiveCareer
- Starting a new job? Here's a few tips for those first few months – Living Moxie
- 10 Tips for Adjusting to New Surroundings – Huffington Post
7. Building rapport
8. Work-life balance
- Arianna Huffington On The Struggle To Find Work-Life Balance – Fast Company
- Work-Life Balance Defined – WorkLife Balance.com
- Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work – TED video
- Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life – Harvard Business Review
- Time Management: Tips To Better Manage Your Life – Forbes
- 30 Time Management Tips for Work-Life Balance – Forbes
9. Dealing with conflict
- Take A Proactive Approach To Dealing With Conflict – UMass Amhurst Family Business Center
- A Model of Conflict Resolution (144.3 kB, PDF)
- Confronting Difficult Issues (91.2 kB, PDF)
- One Woman's Advice to Another: It's Always Time to Speak Your Mind – Knowledge@Wharton
You can browse the General Library shelves at 658.312 for books on mentoring.
Use the subject heading “Mentoring in Business” in Library Catalogue to find library books.
Books and articles in the Library databases are also available to enrolled students and staff using netaccountID and password to access.