First In My Family

Being first in your family to attend university is a great achievement and a source of pride. As part of our support for students who are first in family, we offer the First in My Family mentoring program. The mentoring program offers an opportunity for students like yourself to access professional guidance regarding your future direction and career planning.

Teaming up with our alumni will offer you the opportunity to seek advice on what kinds of careers you can have with a degree in economics, as well as advice on skill development, CV’s, interview skills and what can be expected from working in the professional world.

The Program will run for five months, from May to October and you will receive one-to-one mentoring from our Economic alumni.

For more information, please email the or read the First in My Family Mentee Guide.

The Program

Students who successfully apply to the program are paired with our alumni mentors based on their future career goals, experience and their reasons as to why they want to join the mentoring program.

The program starts in May and runs through to October – it is expected that you will commit to the program for the full five months. During this time, mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once a month. You will also have the chance to meet other alumni, mentors and mentees to network and learn from each other through other School events.

You will also need to commit to:

  • Attending a briefing session to learn more about getting the best from your mentoring experience,
  • Attending the program launch on 2 May to meet your mentor,
  • Submitting two reflective journal entries on your experiences during the program,
  • Attending the programs graduation event.


To apply for the program, you have to be:

  • Enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics as a 2nd or 3rd Year student.
  • Identify as First in your Family (parents, grandparents or siblings) to attend university.

No minimum WAM is required to apply to this program.

How to apply

Applications open at 9am on Monday 12 March (week 2) and close at 4pm on Friday 30 March (week 4).

As part of your application, you will be asked about why you want to join the program, your experience both in and outside of university. You will also need to submit an up-to-date CV.

To apply, complete the online application form.

What happens next

We will assess you application, and if you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview in weeks 5 and 6. This interview will assess your goals for the program and help us match you with a mentor if your interview is successful.

If successful, we will set you up with a suitable mentor based on your career goals, skill development needs and the mentor’s areas of expertise.

All applicants will contacted by the end of week 6 with the outcome of your application.