AUSIT Mentoring Program

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a “process in which an experienced individual helps another person develop his or her goals and skills through a series of time-limited, confidential, one-on-one conversations and other learning activities.”

AUSIT’s Mentoring Program (MP) will be offered in two valid terms per year, and you will need to become a formal participant for the MP of that term to carry out your MP. Mentors and mentees must start and finish their program within the same valid term. Each term will last approximately five months, with term 1 between
1 Feb and 30 June, and term 2 between 1 August and 24 December.

The MP Coordinator encourages you to thoroughly read the attached Guidelines and Appendix I and II
before applying. 

Mentee Applications

Deadline for Applications

Applications can be lodged as early as 60 days prior to the commencement of a term.
Deadline for the current term: Mentees must lodge their applications by 2 March 2020 to be in term 1 2020.
No applications will be accepted more than 30 days after a term has started.

Invalid applications

If you submit your application more than 60 days prior to the commencement of a term, or later than 30 days after a term has started, your application will not be accepted and you will need to resubmit your application, should you wish to participate in the MP in future.

Eligibility Non-student candidates
  • Must have a strong interest in T&I
  • Priorities will be given to candidates who have been endorsed by a current AUSIT member.

Or
Student candidates

  • Are enrolled in an institution that is an AUSIT affiliate partner
  • Are in their final semester of their degree or diploma
  • Priorities will be given to candidates who have at least a Credit average in their results so far and have been endorsed by their course/program coordinator
Invalid applications

There are many benefits to becoming a mentee, including:

  • 20 PD points during one recertification period (if you are a certified practitioner)
  • Acquiring valuable knowledge from experienced practitioners
  • Observing and learning from professionals
  • Establishing useful contacts and career networks
  • Opportunity to ask questions about ethical dilemmas and other challenging professional issues
  • Receiving useful tips on various professional topics
How do I become a mentee?

Non-student candidates
If you meet the criteria above, fill in the online Mentee Application Form (see bottom of this page) and ask your referee to fill in the online Mentee Referee Form.

Student candidates

If you submit your application more than 60 days prior to the commencement of a term, or later than 30 days after a term has started, your application will not be accepted and you will need to resubmit your application, should you wish to participate in the MP in future.

How long will the mentoring program last?

The mentoring program will be over a period of approximately 5 months with a total of 30 hours. The mentoring activities can range from 30 minutes to a maximum of 4 hours per month.

What are some examples of mentoring activities?
  • Initial meeting to discuss mentoring goals and set future meeting dates and times
  • Observing professionals at work
  • Communication on general professional advice such as:
  • How to market yourself
  • How to approach potential employers
  • How to quote for a job
  • How to work as a team with other professionals
  • Where to go to find work once you become qualified
  • How to manage client and/or agency relations, including conflict
  • How to network
  • How to manage your time efficiently
  • Ethics of the profession
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Discussions of more specific issues such as:
  • How to translate certain expressions (if you share the same language)
  • Specific issues regarding specialisations and different professional settings
  • How to best prepare for an assignment
  • How to decline work and when it is acceptable to do so
  • Exchange of knowledge and information, including students’ acquired skills during their education and training
How do we organise our meetings?

Mentoring meetings can be face-to-face, via telephone, email or Skype. We recommend that you meet at least twice in the five-month period.

Your feedback is valuable

AUSIT wishes you all the best for your mentoring experience, and we look forward to receiving your feedback at mentoring@ausit.org

What are some examples of mentoring activities?

Mentor Applications

Application

Mentor applications are accepted all year around. The average processing time is generally three to four weeks. However, AUSIT may prioritise certain applications based on mentee applications. A mentor will need to lodge the application before 2 March to be in term 1 2020. If a mentor lodges an application after 2 March 2020, it’s very likely that you may join the MB from term 2 2020 (starting on 1 August 2020).

Terms

Mentors will need to follow the term system as part of the MP. This means if you submit your application at mentoring stage 2 and 3, you may not be able to start your MP in that term because allocation may have been finalized.

Stages

There is a list of forms to be submitted, required by different stages. For more detailed information, please refer to Appendix I and II

Who can be mentors?

Eligibility 

  • Must be an AUSIT member
  • Must have at least five years of professional experience
Why would I become a mentor?

There are many benefits to becoming a mentor, including:

  • One free full day PD (advanced) per year when you take on a mentee.
  • 20 PD points per student mentored as per NAATI’s Recertification PD Catalogue
  • Satisfaction of sharing your knowledge, experience and expertise with the new generation of practitioners
  • Increased enthusiasm for your profession
  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • Opportunity to learn from the students you are mentoring

N.B. Mentors can take a maximum of two students per year.

How do I become a mentor?

If you meet the above criteria, fill in the online Mentor Application Form (see bottom of this page) and ask your referee to fill in the online Mentor Referee Form. Successful applicants will receive a confirmation letter and be added to the mentor list.

How long will the mentoring program last?

The mentoring program will be over a period of approximately 5 months with a total of 30 hours. The mentoring activities can range from 30 minutes to a maximum of 4 hours per month.

What are some examples of mentoring activities?
  • Initial meeting to discuss mentoring goals and set future meeting dates and times
  • Observing professionals at work
  • Communication on general professional advice such as:
  • How to market yourself
  • How to approach potential employers
  • How to quote for a job
  • How to work as a team with other professionals
  • Where to go to find work once you become qualified
  • How to manage client and/or agency relations, including conflict
  • How to network
  • How to manage your time efficiently
  • Ethics of the profession
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Discussions of more specific issues such as:
  • How to translate certain expressions (if you share the same language)
  • Specific issues regarding specialisations and different professional settings
  • How to best prepare for an assignment
  • How to decline work and when it is acceptable to do so
  • Exchange of knowledge and information, including students’ acquired skills during their education and training
How do we organise our meetings?

Mentoring meetings can be face-to-face, via telephone, email or Skype. We recommend that you meet at least twice in the five-month period.

Your feedback is valuable

AUSIT wishes you all the best for your mentoring experience, and we look forward to receiving your feedback at mentoring@ausit.org.

Forms
Mentoring Guidelines
Mentoring Guidelines Appendix 1
Mentoring Guidelines Appendix 2

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