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Lucy Mentoring Program Launch 2012

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News created: 26 Jun 2012

The Lucy Mentoring Program was launched in 2011 with 10 places being offered to students. 

The purpose of the program is to bring together Macquarie University's female students within the Faculty of Business and Economics and partner them with mentors across the business industry, the aim being to offer students real-world working experience with their mentor's company which coincides with their study.

For the 2012 Lucy Mentoring Program, we are proud to partner our students with mentors from the following companies:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Pacific Brands Beiersdorf Australia
Proctor & Gamble (P&G) CPA Australia ANZ
Amgen
SAP
Deloitte
PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) Ernst&Young NSW Police Force
 

Now in the program's second year, we have been able to offer 20 places to students after recruiting 22 mentors. Students in the program will complete at least 35 hours of WBA (work based activities) mainly at their mentor's workplace and they will keep a reflective journal of their activities and experience between now and October.

On Monday June 4th, our students and mentors for 2012 came together for a meet and greet and to discuss the mentoring activities for the program. The evening also brought together past mentors and students who discussed their experience from the program’s first year.

Anthony Matis (General Manager NSW of CPA Australia) spoke about the benefits for both the students and mentors involved in the program. Anthony's advice for students entering the program in 2012 was to show continual initiative and to always be on the lookout for occasions to network and build their set of business contacts.

Macquarie University students Saskia Gatti and Lauren Dragicevich (2011 Lucy program participants) also spoke about their experience in the program, with Saskia's advice to the 2012 Lucy program participants was "to relish every opportunity to learn by observing and getting involved as this is a chance to gain exposure to very talented, experienced and inspiring people." Saskia's mentor was Robyn Merchant from Oracle.

Lauren was mentored by Holly Kramer from Pacific Brands and her tips to the 2012 Lucy program participants were "to always take detailed notes in meetings and to take in all there is to learn about the organisation." Lauren is now currently working at Pacific Brands.

The evening was a great success for everyone involved and we look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our 2012 Lucy program students later in the year.

Want to learn how you can be part of the Lucy mentoring program? Contact Christine Chung.

Images from the Lucy Mentoring Launch Evening, June 4th 2012

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