Lucy Mentoring for women studying engineering and IT at UTS
Be mentored by an industry professional to achieve your career goals.
The Lucy Mentoring Program aims to:
- Empower women to set goals and work towards achieving them with the support of a mentor;
- Demonstrate the diverse opportunities available to women in engineering and technology;
- Provide an opportunity for women to work with IT and engineering professionals in a mentoring relationship;
- Provide women studying in non-traditional fields, with access to a network of professionals and senior managers in relevant companies, including women role models;
- Provide women with a program which will encourage active decision making about their careers
The Lucy Mentoring Program has been designed to be driven by student goals while providing support and opportunities to connect with peers and professionals. Students are required to self-organise 20 hours one-on-one with their mentor and attend five mandatory checkpoints:
Checkpoint 1: Goal-setting workshop
Designed by mechanical engineer and executive coach Yemi Penn, this workshop will equip students in:
acknowledging and owning 100% responsibility for the success of their mentoring relationship and;
looking behind motivations for participating and how this can be anchored to an action plan going forward
Checkpoint 2: Launch Event
Meet your mentor and share your goals for the program. Plan your mentoring relationship and connect with other mentoring pairs.
Checkpoint 3 and 4: Professional development workshops
Students must attend two professional development workshops including interview skills, networking skills, or strength and resilience workshops. The networking skills workshop will be followed by a casual networking event.
April and August 2021
Checkpoint 5: Graduation Evening
This is your opportunity to reflect and share what you have gained from your mentoring experience and practice presenting in a professional context. Then we celebrate!
- All women, including both cis- and trans-women, studying an undergraduate or postgraduate (coursework) degree in the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT, the Bachelor of Technology and Innovation or a Masters of Data Science and Innovation
- Second year and above for undergraduate students
- The program is open to domestic and international students
Applications for 2021 will open in November 2020.
- Students apply through Careers Hub.
- Shortlisted students will be notified in January and requested to complete a video interview
- Students will be selected based on motivation, commitment and professionalism by a panel of UTS and industry representatives
- Students will be notified of selection in early March
Frequently asked questions
How should I spend time with my mentor?
How you spend time with your mentor depends on the goals you would like to achieve. Speak to your mentor about what they can offer but remember this is ultimately led by you. Examples of activities you could do 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
Where can I meet my mentor?
Discuss with your mentor where is suitable for both of you. It could be at UTS, at their workplace or in a coffee shop! Visiting their workplace will give you the opportunity to meet their colleagues and see their work environment.
Who will my mentor be?
In 2019, professionals from 51 engineering and technology companies signed up to the Lucy Mentoring Program. You have the opportunity to list companies of interest to you however we can't guarantee that you will be matched with a mentor from that company. Mentors can be women or men, different levels of seniority and different roles within the business. The common factor is their willingness to mentor you and give up their valuable time.
What is the commitment?
To graduate from the Lucy Mentoring Program, and receive it on their academic transcript, students must:
- Spend at least 20 hours with their mentor
- Attend the launch and graduation events - the mid-program networking event is optional
- Participate in a minimum of two professional development workshops
- Complete the pre- and post-program surveys