The Hurricanes Alumni Mentoring Model

‘…. I am already a big believer in what this Mentoring Scheme has to offer. I thought I was already well prepared for the transition but just speaking to someone outside of rugby has given me both knowledge about what lies ahead but also confidence that I have the abilities to take it on. “

Conrad Smith

Once you have completed the Career Guidance module then we can match you to one of very own mentors.

Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person (the mentor) shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else (the mentee/the player).

The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem-solving. We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience and that is where mentoring comes into its own.

A mentor is an experienced person from outside the mentee’s normal environment, who is there to:

  • Help the individual (mentee) set and find ways to achieve their own personal objectives
  • Act as a sounding board for the mentee’s ideas;
  • Offer impartial, confidential advice and guidance;
  • Share his or her broader business and life experiences with the mentee;
  • Help the mentee access other areas of information, support and development.

Just a couple of things to remember about the programme:

  • Driven by the needs of the player or former player. This is primarily for your benefit and is up to you to keep things moving.
  • Is voluntary on the part of both participants.
  • Focused on transitioning from playing professional rugby to the next stage of your life. 
  • Is broad in nature and may change over time. 
  • Requires a foundation of mutual respect and trust