The benefits of a mentoring relationship
Mentoring @ AIST is based on a
model where mentees have the opportunity to set the direction of
their personal mentoring objectives. These mentoring objectives
could relate to:
- Personal development
- Career pathway support
- Professional development
- Industry development
- Accessing new ideas
- Developing new thinking
If you are new to the industry or simply looking
to enhance your network and advance your career, developing a
partnership with a mentor who is an experienced or senior member of
the super industry is a helpful start. Mentoring offers you an
additional layer of support and development by someone who is not
in your immediate line management or performance reporting
Mentoring affords you the opportunity to provide career and
professional development support to a mentee within the industry.
Mentoring provides development opportunities for mentors as well as
great personal satisfaction. Being a mentor can improve your
leadership skills and enable you to learn from alternative
approaches and different ways of thinking. It can be challenging,
inspiring and enlightening.
A great mentor will want to ensure that the mentee gains
confidence and independence as a result of mentoring and is
eventually able to go forward independently.
How does Mentoring @ AIST work?
Our mentoring program is based on a one-on-one partnership model
via a structured mentoring schedule. The duration of each mentoring
partnership is twelve months; however you are welcome to continue
your partnership once the program ends after twelve months.
As a mentor or mentee participating in the Mentoring @
AIST program, you will be required to commit to the
- approximately one hour contact once every four to six weeks for
the duration of the program
- a blend of communication involving email, telephone or other
technology methods by mutual agreement (preferably monthly)
- mutually agree to identifying appropriate meeting dates and
- ensure an agenda for your conversation is prepared prior to
- contribute to building a respectful and confidential
- follow through on agreed activities identified through your
- monitor progress towards the achievement of the mentee's
- participate in program feedback and evaluation activities about
Mentoring @ AIST offers both
mentors and mentees access to numerous resources to assist in
making partnerships successful - long after the program ends.
Mentoring @ AIST is not focused
on technical development related specifically to a job role or
around providing personal counselling support. Further, it does not
guarantee career advancement or employment opportunities.
Mentoring @ AIST is a voluntary
activity which includes a 'no fault' exit strategy if individuals
or a partnership decide to discontinue their involvement.
Please note that the next mentoring intake
will begin in July 2017. Intakes for the Mentoring Program will
occur twice yearly, in February and July each year.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee, please
contact AIST with your expression of interest (indicating your
interest for either role - mentor or mentee).
Following receipt of your interest in participating in the
program, we will forward you a registration form to complete and
return to us. The registration form will assist us in finding the
most suitable mentee/mentor for your partnership.
How long does the mentor partnership last?
Each partnership lasts for twelve months.
Are there any costs involved in participating as a mentor or
No - this is a benefit to AIST's members.
How do I know if I am a member of AIST?
To check if you (or your organisation) are a member of AIST,
here. Alternatively, you can contact AIST on 03 8677
What happens once our twelve month partnership ends?
At the conclusion of your partnership, we will ask you to
complete an evaluation form to provide feedback on your mentoring
partnership. You are welcome to continue your partnership outside
the Mentoring @ AIST program, however AIST's
involvement within your partnership will cease.
If you are a mentor and your partnership does not continue
beyond the twelve month program, please contact AIST should you
wish to be involved as a mentor in another partnership.
What happens if I find my mentor/mentee is not a good match for
AIST will make every effort to ensure you are paired with the
most suitable mentor/mentee for your partnership. The registration
form we ask you to complete as part of your involvement in the
program will assist us in our matching process. If however you find
that your partnership is not working for any particular reason, the
Mentoring @ AIST program has a 'no fault exit
clause' meaning that either the mentor or mentee can exit the
partnership with 'no fault' and request to be re-matched (if