Promoting Mentorship in the Engineering and Built Environment CommunityMentorship and Role Models
Experience and research indicates that approximately eighty percent of women students in science, engineering and technology graduate; but only fifteen percent of graduate women are retained in engineering and technology throughout their careers. A strong motivating factor for young women is the achievements and success of senior professionals in industry and academia. Mentorship and role models are therefore two of the key initiatives of the WiEBE and SWiET programmes. Many young engineers, both male and female, leave university and enter the work place without the guidance of a senior and experienced mentor.
As a result, they become discouraged and isolated from their previous support network. Women in particular require a sense of belonging and the WiEBE/SWiET programmes aim to fill this void by identifying willing senior women engineers as mentors for junior women. Not only does WiEBE identify potential mentorship candidates and professional mentors; the SWiET programme promotes the mentorship of first year students by senior peers as well. To gain access to this opportunity, please register and then request mentorship accessed on the home page.