Mentoring is a rewarding relationship for both the mentor and mentee. A Mentor to an MSA member will impart insights, experience, knowledge and wisdom to assist the Mentee in their development. The Mentee can choose one or a number of Mentors however the Mentoring Agreement is to be with one formal Mentor. The Mentoring program is to assist in the various aspects of their personal, professional and academic growth. These aspects are not mutually exclusive and all need to be nurtured.
The role of mentor is voluntary and it is expected that a nomination implies some practical experience in mentoring or leading individuals. It is acknowledged that some persons wishing to take on this role may require some level of coaching to be as effective as possible. This can be investigated in due course as this program evolves, and a list of potential mentors is collated, CVs from both the mentor and mentee will be held by the MSA as well as occasional feedback forms to monitor the process.
A survey/questionnaire will also be completed by the mentee to ensure the mentor understands the current situation, inspiration, short and long term career aims.
To achieve a successful mentoring relationship the following must be considered:
- How will you communicate (e.g. face to face, phone, and Skype) and how often?
- Discuss how you will work together, how often you’ll meet, where and for how long, confidentiality, etc.
- Swapping of CVs to get immediate context for when relating.
Build Rapport – Establish and build the relationship and be honest regarding feedback. Consider sharing:
- Career stories
- Strengths and growth areas
- Time management strategies
- Influential role models
- Hobbies, interests outside of work where you can relate
Establish short term goals that define where the Mentee wishes to be in terms of:
- Academic direction and achievement
- Career direction following graduation
- Relationships and networking – who will be important connections in the future
- Resources (journals, models, access to industrial information and sites)
- CV development
Longer term goals:
- Define longer term career interests
- Set out a development plan to achieve career goals
- Open pathways through contacts and networks
- Determine additional personal and professional development is required
- Assist with access to personal and professional development
Program Coordinator: Amanda Ellis ([email protected])