In December 2020, 25 fabulous women from Monash University Science and Bio-Science (STEM) faculties experienced the brilliant SPRINT development program.
Here is a sample of their inspiring feedback about their experience:
“I’ve learned so much from the workshops and have been applying the knowledge in real life. I used to be very shy and would tend to step back in the crowd but I’m now much more confident thanks to your lessons on self-awareness, assertiveness and strong women. I have also tried allocating more time for self-care. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to meet all other wholesome like-minded girls, we’ve built such a strong connection. I hope you can continue to bring SPRINT to Monash in subsequent years and to inspire many other generations of women in STEM with your development program. Your work is amazing and we’re all thankful of it.”
What does SPRINT deliver?
The SPRINT development program for women in STEM is delivered as 3 or 4 one day modules (modules can be customised) over several weeks which is aligned with the university semesters and timetables and it comprises the following essential elements:
- a SPRINT digital journal with all the information and resources for the program
- online learning tools
- inspiring one-day workshops
- real, relevant and inspiring STEM role models will be on hand for guidance
- the encouragement of expanded and active networks within the group and
- opportunities to identify and engage with sponsors and employers
Content includes the women participating in:
- Taking a holistic approach to life, study and career wellbeing, values and goals
- Recognising their own power and influence, strengths and opportunities
- Considering how they receive, manage and create change
- Reviewing personal vision and hopes
- Learning about organisation power and politics
- Focusing on self-management strategies including organisation, resilience and assertiveness
- Identifying opportunities for creating and expanding networks
- Understand the importance of positive perceptions and making a positive impact
- Identifying Career search strategies and interview preparation
- Creating plans for their future.
- In its aims Sprint works with the university to attract employer sponsorship. This can provide opportunities for women meeting professionals from industry, internships, work shadowing, work placements and career coaching as well as provide potential new female talent for employers.
“The SPRINT development program exceeded my expectations. All professional development programs I had attended were nowhere near as proactive. I truly felt SPRINT equipped me with skills to put into practice concepts such as resilience and confidence in the workplace, that other professional develop programs discuss but not to teach you how to action them.”
How do women Sprint? What results can be expected?
Managing study organisation and priorities more effectively, reducing stress with resilience goals and actions, improving assertive skills and visibility in tutorials and study circles, building communications skills and better study relationships.
Work and Career
Inspired to be self-directed, exploring work and career aspirations and possibilities. Using Sprint models identifying career planning strategies and goals. Taking advantage of what is on offer and searching for opportunities as a result of attending the program.
Women can achieve personal change, such as developing confidence, assertiveness, dealing with difficult relationships, realising values and priorities, creating health and fitness goals and actions, acting on resilience strategies and improving life and study balance.
“I came into this program with little idea of what it was about. But it exceeded my expectations, even from just the first 2 days. I noticed a positive difference in how I have approached this semester and how I have looked after myself. I can’t wait to use what I have learnt.”