AIG Mentoring Program
An initiative of the National Graduate Group
The AIG Mentoring Program is a free-to-all members, formal, face-to-face program which runs over 5-6 months annually. Mentor-mentee contact is through private face to face, telephone or skype meetings as well as program run formal meetings and social events. This allows time for the development of strong relationships between mentees and mentors.
The AIG Mentoring Program began in 2015 as an initiative of the National Graduate Committee to provide undergraduate students, MSc/PhD Candidates and early-career geoscientists who have up to 5 years professional industry experience with practical advice and feedback from senior industry professionals.
Our program connects BSc/MSc/PhD candidates and early career geoscientists (0-5yrs) with experienced industry professionals (>10yrs practical industry experience). The aim is to build our community by providing emerging geoscientists with experience from knowledgeable professionals who are looking to give back. Our professionals provide practical advice and guidance on a number of areas of interest in regards to beginning and maintaining a healthy career within geoscience.
We at AIG believe mentoring is an important part of developing and sustaining the geoscience community and welcome your participation.
The mentoring program is free to both mentors and mentees!
During the program mentees and mentors commit to meet regularly to discuss and work on their mentoring program objectives which they set at the start of the program.
In addition to mentor-mentee meetings, the program includes three formal events
1) Kick-Off Event – April/May, 2) Mid-term Social, 3) Final Event/Program finish – October/November
Programs are currently running in WA, NSW, VIC and QLD urban and regional centres.
For people located outside urban areas or in a state without an active program, the Distance Program is for you. This program uses online technology to facilitate mentoring, regardless of location.
AIG Mentoring Program – Mid Year Webinar – Your Career, Your Brand
“Your Career Your Brand” is a guide to understanding and implementing the concepts and methods for building value and making a difference in all aspects of your working career. To build value or show you have the potential to be a difference maker is expressed and validated through your passion, work ethic, persistence and improvement. These “KPIs” are the hallmarks for recruiters and employers when looking for prospective employees to grow an organisation. Creating your own personal “brand” and “brand products” is the first step on the pathway to showing your potential to build value and enjoy a fulfilling and successful career. This involves creating a personalised “brand statement” that concisely reflects you and how you build value uniquely. Your brand statement identifies you as distinct from others and is featured on your business card, LinkedIn profile and resume. A focussed networking plan will enable you to articulate your brand to prospective and suitable organisations. The first step in your career begins with having a brand that you truly feed and believe makes you a unique difference maker.’
Discovering your Brand Webinar
Join Patrick McAndless, P.Geo., FGC for an insightful webinar which walks young gets through a branding process – vital knowledge for any early career geoscientist.
How do I sign up to be part of AIG Mentoring Program?
Expressions of Interest for the AIG Mentoring Program 2018 are now closed with over 200 participants in this year’s program.
To find out more information on this year’s Mentoring Program or to register interest in the program for 2019, please contact us by email at AIGMentoringProgram-NationalChair@aig.org.au or download the flyer here for information.
Important Note: AIG membership is a prerequisite for our program (either as a mentee or as mentor) and many folks join AIG to be able to access this valuable, high quality development opportunity. If this applies to you, please fill in an AIG application form at https://www.aig.org.au/membership/and remember your Application number.
Joining the Mentoring program involves a commitment to attend the formal meetings (where possible) and to meet regularly with your pairing between the formal meetings (at least once a month but fortnightly meetings are recommended). Please read the AIG Mentoring Handbook for 2018 for further information if you are unsure of your ability to commit to the program.
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