WiSE Program for Employers

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Overview

The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program began in mid-2015 and aims to support the career development of women studying degrees in STEM and increase the representation of women in these sectors.

The Western Sydney University WiSE Program is unique. The program connects students with their peers, alumni, employers and mentors to build their professional skills and networks through a broad range of activities and events. They learn what they can do with their degree, get career advice, meet people working in their field, visit employers, go on study tours, attend conferences and workshops, develop their skills, receive job alerts, have business cards printed and meet other students socially.

Information about the WiSE Program 2019, including a calendar, is available in the booklet:

Get Involved

The WiSE Program Team works closely with employers, professionals and industry partners. The program is an opportunity for industry to connect with a talented pool of women studying STEM degrees. Employers are invited to register their interest in being involved.

Employers are 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.

Making a Difference

Watch highlights and interviews from last year's program:

Read about the impact of the program for students:

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