Lucy Mentoring Program
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Sadia Khan: One of the main things that I really wanted to achieve from mentoring is being able to step out of my comfort zone and network with a lot more professionals, which I have been able to achieve through communication with my mentor.
Sarah Zhang: I think the Lucy Mentoring Program is a great initiative by UTS. It definitely gives the students an opportunity to understand what working in the industry is like. And for the female students, it gives them the confidence that there are females in the industry, and those females do great things.
Adriana Carvahlo: The Lucy Mentoring Program is essential for women in IT because it helps develop, not just a one-to-one relationship, but it's really important for the whole industry in terms of scalability.
Ivy Cheung: I think having a mentor is a really good way to have someone to kind of check-in with, having like an accountability partner to just kind of say, "Oh, I aim to do this," and then that person ... my mentor will come back to me maybe in the next two weeks or so, and say, "Did you do this?" And it kind of holds you accountable and makes sure that you're on your path of setting out what you want to do.
Anastasia Shelyukhina: Having a mentor is important for me because I just would like to have somebody who will give me feedback on my ongoing activities, who will give me guidance on what I should do in the future, what I should do with my career, who will introduce me to new people in the industry as well.
Dana Silang: For me, having a mentor was a backbone for me to make decisions for my career. It really helped me to have a second opinion on my thoughts and my questions.
Phil Swadling: I've learned a lot of things from being a Lucy mentor, but really it's a better understanding of the issues that women are facing in starting their careers and a better appreciation of the hurdles that they face in getting started.
Yemi Penn: I think this program should be a must for lots of women who are in the STEM space, because it's given them the extra tools to progress in a career that is really dominant with the other sex. So I believe it will be fundamental for their development.
Amara Tut: The goals I want to achieve next are to become more confident, and be a better role model for other people who come after me, and pass on the mentoring experience forward.
The program empowers women to set goals and work towards achieving them with the support of a mentor, preparing students for a successful career in engineering or technology. This mentoring opportunity is open to all women studying undergraduate degrees 2nd year and above or Masters by Coursework.
An initiative of the NSW Government, Lucy Mentoring began in 2005 at UTS with 10 students and has been delivered every year by Women in Engineering and IT. The program is expected to attract 100 students in 2020.
Program impact 2019
After the program:
- 88% of mentors thought that their mentee's self-awareness had increased.
- 85% of students could identify female role models in their field compared to 27% before the program
- 83% of mentors thought that their mentee was more motivated to pursue a career in engineering or IT
“Through my mentor's insight on structural design in electricity transmission, I have gained a new perspective of civil engineering and am motivated to go on a civil design work placement.” Student, 2019
It's hard to be what you can't see. So when student Manjusha Pinni looked for a woman in STEMM to model her career on, she found much more than she expected.
Program Coordinator, Women in Engineering and IT
University of Technology Sydney
Tel: (+61 2) 9514 2602