Become a mentor

Volunteering as a Te Pūtahi Atawhai mentor is a rewarding experience. Find out what you need to be a mentor and how to apply.

Apply to become a mentor

You can sign up to become a mentor during the first few weeks of each trimester.

Complete the commerce or humanities and social sciences’ mentor application form on CareerHub. Log in with your usual University username and password.

Email te-pūtahi-atawhai@vuw.ac.nz with questions.

What it takes to be a mentor

Te Pūtahi Atawhai is looking for students from these faculties to volunteer to be mentors:

  • Victoria Business School
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.

You must have achieved B+ or higher grades in the courses you want to mentor for and be committed to guiding and assisting throughout at least one trimester.

Apply if you are a good communicator and if you are interested in developing communities and guiding students to academic success. 

Rewards for mentors

Volunteering as a mentor gives you an opportunity to make a lasting, positive difference in your mentee’s life. Your influence can contribute to their success at University.

You’ll pick up leadership skills that will look great on your CV. You can also put your experience towards the Victoria Plus Programme.

After two trimesters of mentoring, your Te Pūtahi Atawhai mentoring coordinator can be a referee for scholarship, internship, tutorial position and job applications.  

What’s involved

Mentoring will require you to give at least one hour of your time per week throughout a trimester. You'll need to maintain email contact with your mentee. 

Discussions are driven by mentee questions, so only minimal preparation is required for each session.

Read more information about academic mentoring.