|Entrant Club(s):||UC Women in Engineering|
|Entry completed by:||Kate Fouche|
|Category Selection||Reminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021|
|Which category is this nomination for?||Best Academic Programme 2021|
|Name of event or initiative:||WIE Mentoring Programme|
|Brief overview of the event or initiative:|
This mentoring programme is free and open to all engineering students from any discipline. Mentees will receive one on one guidance from an experienced engineer who has been in their shoes. It is an amazing opportunity to network and develop connections and insight into the workplace.
|What were the aims of the event or initiative?|
Our mentoring program aims to pair up current students with industry professionals to support the growth of women in engineering. The program aims to prepare young engineering students for success in the workforce and strengthen networks between students and industry. This is a great opportunity for industry professionals to develop their leadership, networking, and mentoring skills, and share experiences to help support diversity in engineering. For students, it is an opportunity to gather insight into life outside of university. We hold three development evenings over the course of the year, greatly benefitting both our mentees and mentors.
|How did you make it happen?|
Preparing for this event starts in January where we look for engineering sponsors. From the huge efforts of our exec, we were able to confirm 16 engineering companies who were keen to participate in the mentoring series. We were thankful to UCSA for providing a venue and catering for each mentoring evening, showcasing the cool university facilities to the industry mentors.
|How did you make it better?|
We have run this event in previous years and found that encouraging mentors and mentees to meet outside of the event evenings to be successful. We were able to host one of the evenings at Aurecon in the city, providing transport via the UC vans (thanks to UC College of Engineering for helping us out with the booking of these). Mentees got to see how a consultancy works and received inspirational talks each evening by a range of speakers.
|How did you show your commitment to sustainability?|
We provided transport to off-campus venues for our mentees. Not only is this a safer way to travel at night, but it was also environmentally friendly.
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