Become a Lucy mentor
In 2020, 124 industry professionals mentored women studying Engineering and IT at UTS. Join us in 2021 for a more gender equitable future.
The value of mentoring
MENTOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 OPEN IN JANUARY
Express you interest in mentoring
- Gender equity - Increases retention of women in STEM careers and diversity in the workforce which results to greater innovation and productivity benefits
- Giving back –“I felt I was giving back. I love sharing my story and helping those who can find their feet in the world of engineering.” -Mentor, 2018
- Leadership development – Mentors gain tools and techniques for effective mentoring and insight into perspectives from younger employees and women
- Employee Engagement – Promotes workplace conversations and action on diversity and inclusion
- Talent pool – Provides networking opportunities with highly motivated and talented women and improves organisation's reputation as an employer of choice
A white paper on the return on investment of workplace mentoring highlights the value of mentoring initiatives to millennial employees and one study found that mentorship increased millennial retention by 23%.
I learnt what it means to be a mentor and how to bring the best out of a mentee. I found helping a mentee work towards their goals very rewarding and I gained insight into the challenges they face entering the engineering workforce.
Program structure and key dates
The program runs from March to September and has five checkpoints, giving you the opportunity to connect and share with other professionals and students.
This workshop equips mentors of all levels, with practical tools to create and sustain an effective mentoring relationship.
Meet your student and get to know their goals for the program at one of our launch events. Plan your mentoring relationship and connect with other mentoring pairs.
Professional development workshops
Students must attend two professional development workshops, hosted by industry partners, such as interview skills, resilience, growth mindset. Prepare a workshop at your organisation.
April - August 2021
Networking workshop and event
Meet other mentors and give students the opportunity to practice their networking skills.
Hear from our students as they reflect on their mentoring experience and celebrate achievements at this cocktail-style event.
It is recommended that mentors spend a minimum of 20 hours with their students one on one from March to September. Mentors are highly encouraged to attend the training, launch breakfast and graduation evening.
Frequently asked questions
How should I spend the time with my student?
Discuss with your student how they would like to spend time with you and the goals they would like to achieve. Examples of activities done in the past include:
- Shadowing including attending meetings, design and development work etc.
- Conversations over coffee to discuss student goals, progress and plans
- Meeting different people from across the business and understanding their roles
- Group discussions with other mentors and students
- Attending networking events with the mentor
- Attending professional development workshops run by the company
Can people of all genders be a mentor?
Absolutely! We encourage women, men and non-binary people to contribute to bridging the gender divide in STEM. In 2019, over 20% of our mentors were men.
How much experience do I need to be a mentor?
We recommend that mentors have no less than 2 year of professional work experience to be a mentor.
I am not an Engineer or IT professional. Can I mentor?
All students applying to the program are studying Engineering or IT and may expect their mentor to have knowledge of the industry. If you are unsure, please apply and we will see if we can match you with one of our students.
How often do I need to meet with my student?
Depending on your student's goals, you could meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Regular interaction with your student helps to build rapport and will improve outcomes for both of you.
Can I invite students to my workplace?
Absolutely! The opportunity to meet your colleagues in different roles will add to your student's experience. Discuss with your student where she feels comfortable to meet with you. Please also speak with the relevant people in your company to ensure relevant health,safety and security policies are adhered to.
Can student works on projects?
Students may undertake 'work experience' and is covered under UTS insurance providing that:
- The placement is for less than 30 days
- The student is motivated by the desire to improve their job prospects
- The student is not required to do any work that would usually be done by an employee
- The student has flexibility about when they can attend
- The student can end the placement on short notice