AIG Mentoring Program
An initiative of the National Graduate Group
The AIG Mentoring Programs began in 2015 as an initiative of the National Graduate Committee. The Programs aim to connect undergraduate students, MSc/PhD Candidates and early, mid career and more mature geoscientists with senior geoscience professionals to seek practical advice, direction and feedback on their future careers.
AIG Mentoring Programs are active in most States including a Distance Mentoring Program for remote and travelling geoscientists. The programs have formal, face-to-face events and allow programs which run over 5-6 months annually. Mentor-mentee contact is through private face to face, telephone or skype meetings as well as programmed formal meetings and social events. This allows time for the development of strong relationships between mentees and mentors and encourages networking with the general geoscience community.
Our program connects younger geoscientists with more experienced industry professionals and provides networking opportunities within the wider geoscience community. The aim is to build our community by providing emerging geoscientists with advice and experience from knowledgeable professionals who are looking to give back to the profession.
Our mentors come from a variety of geoscience sectors and provide practical advice and guidance on a number of areas of interest, in regard to the beginning, maintaining and/or changes in a healthy career in geoscience.
We at AIG believe mentoring is an important part of developing and sustaining the geoscience community and welcome your participation in these programs.
The AIG Mentoring Programs are now available to all AIG members. Participants must be a current member (all categories) of the AIG.
Mentors are not charged to participate in the program.
Charges for Mentees to join the 2020 program are:
Satisfactory completion of the program (attending formal events where possible and regular communication between pairings) will earn each Student Mentee a $50 voucher towards the cost of attending an AIG CPD event (workshop/symposium) of their choice.
Both Mentors and Mentees can claim CPD points for their participation in the programs. Further information on CPD points can be found at https://www.aig.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Guidelines-for-Registration-of-Geoscientists-as-RPGeo_-2017_06.pdf
During the program mentees and mentors must commit to meet regularly to discuss and work on their mentoring program objectives which they will set at the start of the program.
In addition to mentor-mentee meetings, the program includes three formal events:
- Kick-Off Event – April/May
- Mid-term Social – July/August
- Final Event/Program finish – October/November
Programs are currently running in WA, NSW, VIC, QLD and SA both in urban and some regional centres (Kalgoorlie, Townsville) where participation is sufficient.
For people located outside the urban and regional 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.
Kick Off Events
The following video is the Kick Off Event for QLD for 2020. This video gives an in depth look at the structure of the program, expectations and obligations of participants, benefits and conditions of the mentoring program.
AIG Mentoring Program – Mid Year Webinar – Your Career, Your Brand
As part of the Mentoring program (but available to all AIG members) we run a series of one hour long webinars in the mid year.
“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./p>
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?
Registration for the AIG Mentoring Programs in 2020 is now open at:
For further information on the programs prior to registering you should read:
AIG Mentoring Programs 2020 Handbook
Please note that registrations for the programs will close on 30th April 2020.
Note: Participants in the AIG Mentoring Programs must be current AIG Members. For further information of joining AIG go to https://www.aig.org.au/about-aig/membership/membership-application-approval-process/
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 AIGMentoringProgram-NationalChair@aig.org.au.
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 2020