'Lucy’ is an innovative longstanding program originally designed by the NSW Office for Women's Policy (Dept of Premier and Cabinet) to inspire, motivate and educate young women about the opportunities available for employment and leadership in the public and private sectors. At the University of Technology, Sydney the Lucy Mentoring Program focuses primarily on undergraduate women studying Engineering and Information Technology.
- Communicate to women the diversity of opportunities available for them in the private and public sector and the personal advantages of achieving job satisfaction;
- Provide an opportunity for women to work with businesswomen, professional women and women of influence;
- Provide women, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with access to a network of senior women in the private and public sectors; and
- Provide women with a Program which will encourage active decision making about their careers.
- Networking with other women in senior positions in the public and private sectors,
- Knowing that their contribution will assist in the development of future women leaders in non-traditional fields,
- Knowing that they have contributed to the goal of increasing the numbers of women with potential to reach middle and senior management
- Providing a potential pathway of female talent into a workplace which may otherwise be lacking in gender diversity.
The Launch / Introductory Session (15 May 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Westpac 275 Kent Street, Sydney)Provides mentors and students with the opportunity to meet as a group, complete the Mentoring Agreement in the LUCY Manual and begin discussion about potential Work Based Activities.
The Work Based Activity (WBA, May - October 2013) totals 35 hours in the mentor’s workplace (e.g. this may comprise a series of half days or a block of time over a week). The WBA is a flexible arrangement which is organised to suit mentor-student commitments. It encourages an understanding of the challenges of working in the private or public sector. The mentor and student meet regularly throughout this period at agreed times.
The Debrief ( 1 & 2 August 2013)Is held mid way through the WBA. Students attend a Debrief session to discuss progress and issues related to the WBA. Mentors are contacted individually via phone for an update.
Final Session (October 2013, 5:30pm-8:00pm, Commonwealth Bank, Sydney CBD)Involves attending a formal presentation by students on their Work Based Activity, and the presentation of completion certificates. This event provides an opportunity to network with other participants and Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology staff.
- A female UTS student within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology?
- 2nd Year or higher?
- Studying a BEng, BEngSc, BScIT, BSc GameDev or BComp (including double degrees)?
- Interested in entering an industry workplace for 35 hours to be mentored by a successful female professional, between May and October or during a block session over your mid-year semester break?
After applying, you must send your academic transcript and your current resume (checked by UTS Careers Service) to Lucy[at]uts.edu.au with ‘Lucy Mentoring Program Applicant-First NAME, Last NAME’ in the subject line. If you have any questions about the Lucy Mentoring Program, please do not hesitate to contact Lucy Program Staff on (02) 9514 2602.
Mentor Application Procedure
Former Minister for Women, MP Jodi McKay talking about the Lucy Mentoring Program.