AIG Mentoring Programs To Go Ahead

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Well … since our last Mentoring update, the world has changed a lot.  In line with government advice, most AIG events and indeed their hosting venues have been suspended or closed.

However, the AIG Mentoring Programs in 2020 will continue, albeit in a different format.  Over the past three years the AIG has established a successful Distance Mentoring Program with participants located in various parts of the world.  We are now rolling out a similar program for the State based programs but we also seek your input on how these programs may be tailored for you in the current situation of working from home/social distancing.
If you have ideas and suggestions please send your feedback to

Our concept is that within the State programs, the one to one mentoring programs will be retained however must be adapted to comply with the current restrictions on interpersonal contact.

Although we are likely to lose some or all of our face to face events this year as a result of the restrictions, we plan to replace these with a series of many to one and many to many career sessions where mentees can log into a webinar and ask questions of a single mentor or panel of mentors about particular career experiences and the technical specialty of those mentors. These sessions are proposed to be offered at the National level in order to diversify the session topics and access to experienced geo-professionals for all mentees.

Through these programs we hope that mentees and mentors continue to benefit from the AIG Mentoring process, while also providing opportunity to gain a broader perspective on the range of industries available to geoscientists.

The career sessions will augment our established webinars with Patrick McAndless which are already scheduled as follows:
Webinar 1 – “Discover Your Brand” Wednesday July 29, 12pm AEST
Webinar 2 – “Marketing Your Brand” Wednesday August 5, 12pm AEST

We have also reacted to the situation by making the following immediate changes to the AIG Mentoring Programs for 2020:

  • Registrations will be extended for an additional month to 30 April 2020
  • No fees will be charged for the 2020 programs and fees already paid will be refunded

Further changes to the format and structure of the programs will be advised in the coming weeks.
You can still Register Now at

In the meantime, please stay healthy, as wealthy as possible, and wise – by practicing self-quarantining and safe social interactions.