Mentoring Program


AIG Mentoring Program

An initiative of the National Graduate Group


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

2024 Mentoring Program registration is NOW OPEN.


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.


Program Aim

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, regarding 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.


Program Details

The AIG Mentoring Programs are now available to all AIG members. Participants must be a current member (all categories) of the AIG.

Free to All AIG members.


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 here.

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:

  1. Kick-Off Event – April/May
  2. Mid-term Social Event
  3. 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, Orange) 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.


Pathways to Your Dream Job Webinar Series

Discovering your Brand Webinar (1)

Join Patrick McAndless, P.Geo., FGC for an insightful webinar/workshop where participants will uncover their unique way of making a difference to create a personal Brand Statement. The Brand Statement represents your life purpose and internal compass for your entire career journey – vital knowledge for any early career geoscientist (approx 0.5hour).

Apply Your Brand (2)

Patrick McAndless, P.Geo., FGC presents a second webinar/workshop where participants will learn how to market themselves by applying their newly created Brand Statement to a variety of Brand Products including their resume, Linkedin profile and business card. (approx ½-¾ hour).

Speak Your Brand (3)

Patrick McAndless, P.Geo., FGC presents the third and final webinar/workshop where participants will learn to effectively market themselves with confidence in all networking situations and job interviews. (approx ½-¾ hour).

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

Registration Form – Mentee
Registration Form – Mentor

For further information on the programs prior to registering you should read:
AIG Mentoring Programs 2022 Handbook

Registrations open now

Note: Participants in the AIG Mentoring Programs must be current AIG Members. For further information of joining AIG go to

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For more details about the AIG Mentoring Program please contact us by email at

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 2023

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