Lucy Mentoring Program at the University of Sydney

Optimiss has enjoyed being part of the University of Sydney Lucy Program this year working with our mentee, Ebony Mather from their Faculty of Economics & Business.

The Lucy Program is a leadership program aimed at women studying in the Faculty of Economics and Business or the Sydney Law School. The Program inspires, motivates and educates women about the opportunities available for employment and leadership in the corporate and public sectors – a subject close to our Optimiss hearts!  The initiative establishes relationships between students and mentors, who are all professionals in the corporate, public and not for profit sectors.

The University is always looking for new mentors for the program and we highly recommend that you become part of this important program to encourage and support young women entering the world of business and finance.  We are particularly proud to report that we have just supported Ebony in gaining her internship at Deutsche Bank – the start of her stellar career no doubt.  To let you know a little more about the Program, we’ve asked Ebony to share her experience with you.

Amongst the numerous careers programs, presentations and workshops that get marketed to university students every week the Lucy Mentoring Program jumped out at me. The program pairs female university students like myself with a mentor who is a professional within an industry where the student has career aspirations. The aim is to inspire and educate women about the opportunities available as well as equipping them with employability skills and networks that will be invaluable in their future career.

I was very excited to be selected to participate in the Lucy program and to be paired with my mentor Kate O’Reilly, Director of Optimiss Consulting. We are just over halfway through the program, which runs from May to September, and I have already gotten so much out of it. Kate has been a fantastic mentor, giving me the opportunity to contribute to consulting reports and attend client meetings with her.

I feel like I have gained a real insight into the corporate sector, experiencing the progression of consulting work and developing a sense of commerciality. It has been especially exciting when my contributions are asked for when we’re in meetings with clients.

Being a penultimate year student I just recently went through the rigorous application process for investment banking summer internships. Having Kate as a mentor during this time was incredible – I was able to ask her for suggestions regarding my resume and cover letter as well as discuss interview questions with her. This guidance gave me a great deal of confidence and was no doubt instrumental to my success in gaining an internship position at a leading investment bank.

With women still being very under represented in senior management positions in Australia I think the Lucy Program is an excellent means for developing female leaders of the future and the networks that support their success. I believe it’s very important for emerging female talent to have strong role models – it has certainly made me more aware of my potential and the great heights available to me in my career.

The Lucy Program is a joint initiative of the NSW Premier’s Department Office for Women, the University of Sydney, the University of Western Sydney and the Women’s Chiefs of Enterprises International. It is open to women at university studying business, economics and law.

Click here if you would like to find out more about scheme and register your interest.