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Alumni Mentoring Programs

Economics First in My Family mentoring program

If you're an economics student and are first in your family to study at university, you can receive professional guidance and support through the First in My Family mentoring program.

The program offers you access to professional guidance to support your direction and career planning.

Teaming up with our alumni will give 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.

You will also have the chance to meet other alumni, mentors and mentees to network and learn from each other through other School events.

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

For more information contact the School Executive Officer at or read the First in My Family Mentee Guide (pdf, 106KB).

What's involved

During the program, you'll be required to:

  • attend a briefing to learn more about getting the best from your mentoring experience
  • attend the program launch on Wednesday 1 May to meet your mentor
  • meet with your mentor at least once a month during the program
  • submit two reflective journal entries on your experiences during the program
  • attend the program's graduation event.


To apply for this program, you'll be required to:

  • be enrolled in your third year of the Bachelor of Economics
  • identify as the first in your family (parents, grandparents, siblings) to attend university.

How to apply

Applications open at 9am on Monday 11 March (Week 3) and close 4pm on Wednesday 27 March (Week 5).

As part of your application, you will be asked about why you want to join the program as well as about your experiences both in and outside the of the 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 your 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. 

We will contact you by the end of week 7 with the outcome of your application.

Last updated: 12 April 2019

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