WiSE Program for Employers

Please be advised that the WiSE Program physical employer visits and events are on hold at the moment in line with the recommendations regarding COVID-19. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and industry partners is our priority. We appreciate your patience at this time as we explore innovative ways to deliver key aspects of the WiSE Program. Watch this space!

More information about the University's response to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/coronavirus-information.html?icid=hp-omc-informationoncoronavirus

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Overview

The Women in STEM Education (WiSE) Program supports the career development of women studying in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Western Sydney University.

We know that currently, only 16% of STEM qualified Australians are female, noting a significant underrepresentation of females in the STEM workforce. WiSE aims to reshape this and connect students with valuable knowledge and lifelong skills to improve the overall representation of females in STEM careers. The WiSE program encourages students to challenge gender disparity in STEM with practical strategies for building a successful career with the support of their peers, female STEM alum and Industry mentors.

The WiSE Program (launched as Women in Science and Engineering in 2015) is unique in the tertiary sector, connecting students with peers, alumni and employers. In doing this, students are empowered to enhance their professional skills and networks through a broad range of activities and events, both online and face-to-face.

The WiSE Program Team works closely with employers, professionals and industry partners to provide experiences, career development and employment opportunities promoting a diverse STEM workforce. Through opportunities such as mentoring, hosting workplace visits, sponsoring experience grants and participating in networking events, industry professionals have the unique opportunity of connecting with a talented pool of women in STEM degrees.

Employers can be involved in our program in a number of ways:


Mentor a student

Mentor a student

We welcome mentors at all stages of their career to register their interest in being matched with a student. Through regular contact, you can provide advice, encouragement and career development opportunities for your mentee.

"I believe I was able to help my student in a number of different ways: giving her a good insight into the industry, what to expect etc.; how to go about increasing her knowledge and experience; providing new contacts in the industry; advising her of relevant volunteer and job opportunities; assisting and advising her on volunteer and job applications." - WiSE Program Mentor

“This is one of the first times I've had contact with someone in the industry in such a professional capacity and her reassurance, pep talks and positive feedback … has made me feel much less intimidated by the industry, much more confident in my abilities and increased my willingness to take risks and put myself out there.” - WiSE Program Mentee

Host a student visit at your workplace

Host a student visit at your workplace

Employers can register to host a visit from a group of students. The aim of employer visits is for students to learn about the host, receive current information about their recruitment processes, learn about opportunities in the company for undergraduates and graduates, experience the work environment, understand the day-to-day responsibilities of different staff and hear about their career journeys.

“...broadened my views on the different kinds of industries which take in the career I'm planning to pursue.”

“The visits to see employers... were very useful to me and gave me an idea about what employers look for in job seekers/graduates.”

“I found the visits extremely valuable. Hearing from professionals within the industry about their career paths and their progression in their field...”

Present at a workshop on campus

Present at a workshop on campus

Employers can register their interest in being involved in careers workshops on topics like: resume writing, interview skills, finding work and assessment centres.

Attend networking events

Attend networking events

Employers can register their interest in attending networking events with students, academics and other industry representatives.

“A great night – food for my soul.” Employer about Speed Networking Evening

Offer work experience, internships and other opportunities

Offer work experience, internships and other opportunities

Employers are invited to contact us to discuss work experience, internship and other opportunities they wish to offer to students in the WiSE Program.

Sponsor a student to attend an industry event

Sponsor a student to attend an industry event

Employers can support students to attend industry events by sponsoring their attendance, or offering free or discounted registration.

Host webinars and/or virtual presentations

Host webinars and/or virtual presentations

Employers can register to host a webinar or virtual presentation as an alternative to presenting on campus or at the workplace. This could be to raise more awareness about employment opportunities at your organisation, discuss recruitment processes for internship/graduate programs, take students on a virtual tour of your workplace, share your career journey and more.

To get involved, please contact Peryn El Boustani, Project Support Officer.

Alternatively, you can register your interest through the WiSE Program Registration Form (Industry).

Making a Difference

Watch highlights and interviews from last year's program:

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