The RACI's 2018 NSW mentoring programme for young chemists has opened up for applications.

This programme is ideally suited to students who will be completing their studies in 2018. We'll work with you to develop your job readiness, your job search skills, and your professional network.

Most of our mentees GRADUATE WITH A JOB. That's a major achievement for any recent graduate.

You don't have to be an HD student. You just have to be keen and engaged. We're looking for just 3 hours a month of your time, and that could make tens of thousands of dollars difference to your early career outcomes.

The programme involves:

  • Regular guidance and support (every few weeks), typically via calls and occasional casual meetings
  • Support in developing professional networks, as example through facilitated networking (the mentor generally introducing the mentees to RACI contacts and helping include the young scientists in conversations at RACI events)
  • Career support & advice
  • Advice and support throughout the process of finding a first job

Mentoring is very much a two-way process. To be of full value, the mentee has to be an active participant. As guidance, the ideal mentee will:

  • Be energetic and enthusiastic
  • Be an undergraduate student, preferably in your final year of the chemical sciences
  • Be more oriented to an industrial / commercial career rather than academia
  • Actively participate in the mentoring process
  • Participate in occasional networking events
  • Be eligible for membership of the RACI

As this mentorship is intended to assist you through to your first career role, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to apply. You also need to become a student member of the RACI.

To apply for the mentorship opportunity, please send your resume and a cover letter introducing yourself and your career goals to Tanya Williams at NSW Branch office, at