Mentoring and support group empowers women – Canberra Institute of Technology

November 2020

Kerry Markoulli and Fouzia Hasan are both studying a Certificate IV in Community Services (CHC42015), and together they wanted to start an initiative that supported CIT Business students to connect with other professional women.

Kerry has previously volunteered her time with other women’s organisations. “The Women’s Mentoring and Support Group is for business students to link up with professional women and share advice and ideas on career, work, study and life more broadly. Many of the mentors are people I know through work and volunteer activities.” Kerry said.

It is clear that both Kerry and Fouzia have a passion for empowering women. “We chose to focus on female mentoring and support because there were not enough avenues for women to seek advice. This group seemed like a perfect opportunity for students to meet with professional women,” Fouzia said.

The group is being run through a Facebook page, called the CIT Women’s Mentoring and Professional Forum. It is a community group used for sharing information, ideas, tips, news and events related to current and former CIT business students, their mentors and other professional women.

Kerry and Fouzia are now organising face-to-face meetings since COVID-19 restrictions have eased. “We have over 40 participants in the group, including mentors, CIT staff, and students. We have a diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds as well as people with a diversity of experience and expertise,” Kerry said.

To find out more about this good idea or to become involved, email or visit the CIT Women’s Mentoring and Professional Forum Facebook page.

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