First STEP mentoring

First STEP mentoring

First STEP (striving towards excellence program) is an academic to student mentoring program within Macquarie Business School. There’s a lot to learn in your first year at university as you take that first step towards a successful career. It connects first year students (including MUIC and alternative pathway students) with academic and peer mentors within the Business School to provide advice from those who have done it all before.

The benefits of First STEP mentoring

First STEP helps you meet new people within your faculty and get to know an Academic in a one-to-one situation. You’ll gain an understanding of resources on campus, practise networking and communication skills and generally learn what it takes to succeed.

How does it work?

You’ll be assigned to a mentoring group of 3–5 first year students and an academic mentor (lecturer within the Business School) who you can self-select. Through the program you’ll meet one-to-one with your academic mentor a few times across the session and discuss your university experience. You might talk about challenges you are facing, the decisions you need to make regarding your major, or how to best use your time to prepare for a successful career.

Each mentoring group will also have a 3rd year student assigned as a peer mentor. Peer mentors guide you and offer advice based on their experience. They organise a few group events across the session for you to get to know your peers, send you emails across the session about important information you need to know, and keep you informed about events and opportunities available to you.

What's involved?

If you’re successful in joining the program your commitment over the course of the session will be approximately 7 hours. During that time you’ll need to:

  • prepare for the one-to-one meetings with your academic mentor as if they were business meetings and arrive on time, prepared with a few talking points
  • treat other first year students, academic mentors and peer mentors professionally and with respect
  • provide plenty of notice if you are unable to attend a meeting with your group or peer mentor
  • review and understand the program guidelines on iLearn
  • bring any concerns to the attention of the First STEP mentoring team
  • attend the First Step launch.

How do I apply?

Register your interest in the program by completing the online form. Only the first 100 students that apply to the program will be accepted for S2 2019.

We value the experiences and perspective of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and therefore encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to apply

Applications are now open for S2 2019.

Peer Mentor information and application

Apply to become a peer mentor and lead a group of first year students through the First STEP Mentoring Program.

Contact us?


Phone: 02 9850 4816

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