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 professional industry experience with practical advice and feedback from senior industry professionals.


Program Aim

Our program connects BSc/MSc/PhD candidates and early career geoscientists with experienced industry professionals. 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.


Program Details

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 – July/August, 3) Final Event/Program finish – October/November

Programs are currently running in WA, NSW, VIC, QLD and SA 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 two webinar workshop aimed at 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.

Join Patrick McAndless, P.Geo., FGC for two insightful webinars which walk young geoscientists through the process of developing a brand and marketing their brand.

Discovering your Brand Webinar (1)

Approx 1 hour. Webinar 1 “Discovering Your Brand” is about creating your own personal “brand” as 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. The first step in your career begins with having a brand that you truly feed and believe makes you a unique difference maker.



Marketing your Brand Webinar (2)

Approx 1 hour. Webinar 2 “Marketing Your Brand” follows on from Webinar 1 to develop your “brand products”. Your brand statement identifies you as distinct from others and is featured on your business card, LinkedIn profile and resume. Develop these key components to make your story stand out and highlight your “value indicators”. A focussed networking plan will enable you to articulate your brand to prospective and suitable organisations.

How do I sign up to be part of AIG Mentoring Program?

Expressions of Interest for the AIG Mentoring Program 2019 has now closed.

You may also sign up to our AIG mailing list for updates, as well as additional industry and branch news.

For more details about the AIG Mentoring Program please contact us by email at
Download the program flyer here

Real challenges, real outcomes and real results based on mutual respect, confidentially and commitment.





Thank you to our sponsors for their support during our Mentoring Program 2019


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