Your professional development is important. That’s why Flinders University is once again offering you the opportunity to participate in the Professional Mentoring Program.
Mentoring programs are a widely established part of professional development in the higher education sector. The Professional Mentoring Program at Flinders is an opportunity for you to broaden your networks, increase your engagement in the workplace and strengthen your professional practice.
Nominations for the 2023 mentoring program are now closed.
Mentoring is a formal relationship between an experienced professional (mentor) and a less experienced professional (mentee). A mentor supports the professional growth of the mentee by sharing knowledge gained through their experiences. Mentors provide an independent sounding board, an alternative perspective and a trusted connection to the broader University landscape.
Mentors and mentees will be matched using a structured process which reflects:
It’s no accident that mentoring relationships have been around for centuries; they can have enormous benefits for everyone involved.
All participants in the Professional Mentoring Program are required to attend one induction workshop and invited to attend the formal program launch.
If you have previously been a mentor in the Professional Mentoring Program at Flinders, you are encouraged to attend the induction to share your experiences with other mentors and/or refresh your knowledge, however, you may opt out of the workshop.
Please reserve the following session times in your calendar to ensure your availability to participate:
Participation in the Professional Mentoring Program is open to professional staff.
* Please note that inclusion of HEO8 mentees in the program will be dependent on suitable mentors being identified.
It is likely there will be more nominations than places available. If you are not offered a place, you will be able to nominate for any future programs.
Discuss your participation with your supervisor and then complete the online nomination form when nominations open.
Prospective mentees are encouraged to be specific when outlining their reasons for wanting to participate in the program. Having clear goals for the mentoring partnership will support an effective matching process.
Once we have received nominations we will undertake a structured matching process. Consideration will be given to skills, knowledge, goals and expectations to obtain an appropriate match between mentee and mentor. Your professional mentoring partner will be from a different part of the university to enhance your internal network and organisational understanding.
Once confirmed in the program, you are required to attend an introductory workshop and invited to the formal program launch. See the required attendance dates for more information.
From there, you will enter into a mentoring agreement, and will work with your mentoring partner to determine how your sessions progress.
The Mentoring Program will be offered for a 12 month period, from program launch to program close. Actual mentoring sessions will take place during 10 months of that period, allowing for administrative processes at either end of the year.
Regular mentoring conversations are up to an hour long, with some form of communication recommended at least every 4 weeks. Different pairs will have different expectations about preparatory and follow up tasks, and will negotiate this at the beginning of the relationship.
Both mentors and mentees are required to participate in an information workshop prior to entering into a mentoring relationship. See the required attendance dates for more information
The workshop will provide an opportunity to meet your peers, discuss your role and responsibilities, and ask lots of questions.
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