About the Program

The Women in Economics Network has partnered with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Research School of Economics ANU to establish a mentoring program for women studying economics at ANU.

Read more about the program below.  

About the Program

The Women in Economics Network, along with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Research School of Economics ANU has established a mentoring program for women studying economics at ANU. The program has been developed in response to the decline in the number of women studying economics along with a lack of prominent female economists in the public eye. Mentoring programs have been shown to be successful for motivating and inspiring students, and for improving performance and retention rates. 

The program will connect you with women working as professional economists. It will enable you to find out about the day to day life of an economist, the types of career options that are available and see first-hand just how powerful an economics degree can be!

We have assembled a range of professional female economists from a variety of backgrounds across government, academia and the private sector.

How will the program work?

It is anticipated that you will meet with your mentor around 4 times in the course of 12 months. There will also be a number of networking events in that time. We will provide you and the mentor with guidance material so that you can get the most out of the time spent together.

The program is a pilot. Because we will be looking to improve it for the future, we will be collecting information from participants throughout the course of the year. We will be seeking your approval for this in the application process.

Unfortunately because the program has only limited places we may not be able to pair all applicants with a mentor.

Our Objectives

The Women in Economics Student Mentoring has three key objectives:

To provide students with a role model, making a degree and career in economics more tangible and attractive. 

To provide students with a broader perspective on career options for economics graduates, making an economics degree more attractive. 

To provide students with an insight into the practical applications of economics, helping to make economics studies more interesting and relevant. 

Women in Economics Network

The ACT Women in Economics Student mentoring program is a collaboration between the Women in Economics Network, the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.The Women in Economics Network was established in 2017 and is part of the Economics Society of Australia. It has been formed to promote and support the careers of female economists in Australia.

The objectives for the Women in Economics Network are to: 

Professionally connect and support the career development of women in economics

Increase the representation of women at all levels of the economics profession

Promote public contributions by female economists.

Encourage young women to study economics