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Alumni Mentoring Programs

Economics First in My Family mentoring program

If you're an economics student and are first in your family to study at university, you can receive professional guidance and support through the First in My Family mentoring program.

The program is designed to provide support to find your direction and plan your career as you near the end of your course and prepare to leave the University.

Teaming up with our alumni will give you the opportunity to seek advice on what kinds of careers you can have with a degree in economics, as well as advice on skill development, CV’s, interview skills and what can be expected from working in the professional world.

You will also have the chance to meet other alumni, mentors and mentees to network and learn from each other through other School events.

The Program runs for five months, from August to December and you will receive one-to-one mentoring from our alumni.

For more information email or read the First in My Family Mentee Guide (pdf, 111KB).

What's involved

During the program, you'll be required to:

  • attend the program launch to meet your mentor
  • meet with your mentor at least once a month during the program
  • submit two reflective journal entries on your experiences during the program
  • attend the program's graduation event.


To apply for this program, you'll be required to:

  • be enrolled in your second, third or fourth year of the Bachelor of Economics, or a degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with an Economics major
  • identify as the first in your family (parents, grandparents, siblings) to attend university.

How to apply

As part of your application, you will be asked about why you want to join the program as well as about your experiences both in and outside the University. You will also need to submit an up-to-date CV.

Applications for Semester 2 are now closed. 

What happens next

We will assess your application, and if you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview (online or in-person). This interview will assess your goals for the program and help us match you with a mentor.

If successful, we will set you up with a suitable mentor based on your career goals, skill development needs and the mentor’s areas of expertise.

We will contact you with the outcome of your application.

Marsha Elimelakh

School of Economics
  • + 61 2 9036 9484
Last updated: 15 July 2021

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