Picture: 2018 AIFST Mentoring Program Graduates
Following on from a successful 2018 rollout, AIFST is pleased to announce its 2019 National Mentoring Program.
Why join the program?
Mentoring provides an opportunity for student and graduate members to learn from more established Institute members. It is also a way for older members to “give back” to the industry in a practical manner. Being in a mentoring pair provides a platform to showcase the scope and diversity of roles within the sector to emerging food science professionals.
Established programs in other sectors have also indicated that participating in a mentoring program can improve “employability soft skills”, can improve the self-confidence of participants and assist in building a professional network. From an organisational perspective, companies that are involved with mentoring programs can benefit from a social investment perspective and better employee engagement.
What does being in the program mean for a Mentee?
Being a part of the program for 2019 will mean that you get the chance to connect with a mentor or mentee over a six-month period, running from March to September, where you will work closely together to develop your professional skills and achieve your goals. How frequently you meet up can be determined together; the Institute suggests at least once a month. There will also be check-in sessions with the other mentees involved in the program. This will be a chance for you to get to hear from others in the program and share challenges and successes. The check-in sessions will be available via our online meeting platform for those who will not be able to make it in person. It is important to note that the program is designed to help you develop professional, employable and social skills. The program is not intended to teach technical skills, be used for job hunting or recruitment, to help with personal problems or to provide cheap labour.
What does being in the program mean for a Mentor?
As a Mentor, you will be sharing your insight and experience to help your Mentee develop key professional skills. Previous Mentors have expressed that they have found they often get just as much out of it as their mentees. By taking the time to help guide a Mentee, Mentors can expect a sense of satisfaction and pride at the chance to help shape the next generation of food industry professionals. They can also develop their own skills in leadership and confidence.
How can I take part?
The AIFST Mentoring Program is only open to current financial members. To become a mentor or mentee, please complete the appropriate form at the link below and email through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be received by COB Friday, 1 March 2019.
More information and application forms are available here.