FBE First STEP ("Striving Towards Excellence Program") is an academic to student mentoring initiative in the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). First STEP is open to any first year undergraduate students entering FBE in either Session 1 or 2 each year. Expected outcomes for the Program include enhancing the student experience by providing students with the environment and framework to discuss challenges and issues relating to their university experience. Participation in the Program also increases the sense of engagement that the students have with their academics in the Faculty.
The way the First STEP Program works is that an academic mentor in the Faculty (FBE) is assigned a small group of up to 5 first year students (known as a "Success Network"). The academic is also assigned an upper year (usually 3rd or 4th year) student as a peer mentor. Each student in the group meets with the academic 3 times throughout the session and the peer mentor helps to organise these meetings. The mentoring group (first years and peer mentor) also gets together a couple of times throughout the session to socialise and network.
The First STEP Program kicks off at the start of each session with a formal launch and this is where all the participants come together for the first time.
If you are interested in learning more about First STEP or registering your interest as either a peer mentor, first year undergraduate student or as a student intern in support of the program then please click on the relevant links below.
For any questions on the Program, please send an email to the First STEP mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Lucy' is an innovative leadership program for female students in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University. It aims to inspire, motivate and educate women about the opportunities available for employment and leadership in the public and private sectors. This is achieved by establishing relationships between students and mentors who are working as professionals. Mentors are generally senior executives from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
"It was very inspiring to watch my mentors, who are very effective leaders, as they gave advice and motivated their teams. It put lots of the university subjects into perspective, now I feel inspired to achieve the position of partner, and perhaps even CEO one day!" - Lucy Mentoring Student Testimonial
The Lucy Mentoring Program:
- Communicates to women the diversity of work opportunities available, and the personal advantages of achieving job satisfaction;
- Provides students with access to a network of senior managers in the private and public sectors; and
- Encourages students to develop active decision making about their careers.
The Program is open to female Faculty of Business and Economics students in their second year or above in undergraduate studies.
Applications are now closed
In 2010, Macquarie University launched the Aspiring Professionals Program for Merit Scholars. In the years following, the program has grown to involve prominent members of both academia and industry and aims to offer extra guidance to our high achieving students throughout their degree.
First year students with an ATAR of 98.5 or above who enrol at Macquarie are invited to join this prestigious program, which is delivered through a series of workshops.
Read more about the Merit Scholars weekend
The program is designed to assist students to be successful in their careers and to help develop potential leaders of tomorrow. Today it is a select group of approximately 60 students per year and the program of workshops will extend for a minimum of 3 years. The program will focus on graduate skills that employers are looking for in their new recruits.
Program Manager, Bron Harrison, hopes the program will "reduce the gap between leaving university and starting work to a small step rather than the chasm, that it can be for new graduates".