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 area.
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 following:
- 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 times
- ensure an agenda for your conversation is prepared prior to your meetings
- contribute to building a respectful and confidential relationship
- follow through on agreed activities identified through your meetings
- monitor progress towards the achievement of the mentee's objectives
- participate in program feedback and evaluation activities about your experiences.
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 mentee?
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, please click here. Alternatively, you can contact AIST on 03 8677 3800.
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 me?
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 appropriate).