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Lucy Mentoring Program

The Lucy Program is a leadership program for female students studying in the Business School or Sydney Law School. Through the program, you will receive mentoring and education about the opportunities available for employment and leadership in the corporate and public sectors.

All mentors in the Lucy Program are professionals in senior roles within the corporate, public or not-for-profit sector. Generally, mentors are from finance, accounting, business or law and have volunteered to share their work and life expertise, skills and knowledge.

As part of the program, you will spend at least 35 hours in your mentor’s workplace. This can be either in a block or in stages over a few weeks between May and September.

Information on the program and what’s involved is outlined in the Lucy participant manual (pdf, 392KB).

If you are a professional interested in becoming a mentor, you can find information and request an application form.

What's involved

You need to commit to 35 hours of work-based activity with your mentor during the program period. You’ll also need to commit to:

  • attend a briefing before the launch of the program to learn how to get the most out of your mentoring experience, understand your responsibilities and set goals for the program (11 May)
  • attend the launch of the program on 17 May, to meet your mentor and negotiate your mentoring agreement
  • attend a mid-session networking event with other mentors and students on 8 August
  • submit learning journals that reflect on your progress in the program (ongoing)
  • attend a debrief workshop in the final week of the program (4 October)
  • attend the graduation event on 11 October, where you will present on your experience.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you are a female student who has not previously participated in the program. You need to be either:

  • in your second (or later) year of study at the Business School
  • in your second last year of study at the Sydney Law School studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws.

Priority is given if you are an undergraduate applicant in your second last or final year of study. Unfilled places may be offered to postgraduate applicants.

To be eligible, you also need to:

  • have the potential to contribute to the corporate or public sector
  • commit to complete the Lucy Program between May and September
  • make a long-term commitment to contribute to the program by assisting future Lucy mentees, including sharing your experience of the program
  • demonstrate leadership potential
  • possess effective communication skills
  • have achieved a credit average or above in your studies.

This is a competitive program and priority is given to students who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, disadvantage(s) that may affect entry into networks leading to employment in the corporate sector. In this situation, you will be asked to provide supporting evidence.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 have now closed. Applications for 2019 will open in March 2019. A link to the application form will be available here when applications open.

What happens next

We will assess your application and if you are shortlisted you willbe invited to attend an interview in April. This interview will assess your suitability and goals for the program. If successful, you will be matched with a suitable mentor based on your area of study and interest, and the mentor’s area of expertise.

You’ll need to attend the events and activities for the program and complete a reflective learning journal.

A graduation ceremony will be held at the end of the program.

Last updated: 15 January 2019

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