The PMI Sydney Mentoring program is offered to assist Chapter members improve their professional skills in project, program and portfolio management.
Through the Mentoring Program individual members can:
- Connect with and position themselves as experienced project management professionals,
- Share the wealth of their experience and knowledge with enthusiastic and motivated individuals,
- Contribute to the individual growth of members (mentors and mentees) and the maturity of the profession,
- Create opportunities to build and improve their professional networks and communication skills.
PMI Sydney offers two intakes per year, which generally run from February-June, and from July-December.
PMI Sydney members are invited to apply through an eblast communication and they complete their application using the PMI Sydney Mentoring portal.
The program is only open to PMI Sydney members and Mentees are required to pay a registration fee.
Registration fees are used to offset the cost of providing the specific resources and facilities used in the mentoring program and these fees are paid in addition to the normal PMI Sydney membership fee.
Note that the mentoring program is administered by PMISC volunteers who, along with the mentors, offer their time free of charge for the benefit of the Chapter members.
How it works
The PMISC Mentoring Program team matches mentees and mentors according to their location, experience and career objectives using the details provided in the members application.
Each intake commences with a face to face Kick off session comprising a program briefing, mentor-mentee introductions and a short overview of the PMI Sydney mentoring portal resources.
Health check surveys are carried out by the mentoring team during the Intake to ensure that mentor-mentee expectations are being fulfilled, and to seek feedback on opportunities to improve the program.
Each Intake conculdes with a face to face Close Out session where mentors and mentees are encouraged to share the knowledge and learnings gained from the mentoring experience.
All successful applicants MUST be willing to attend the Intake Kick Off session, and participate in the health check surveys and Close Out meeting.
Benefits for Mentees
The Mentoring Program is designed to meet the needs of the mentee’s development path according to the PMI Talent Triangle. Some of the benefits for mentees include:
- Being able to have an open and confidential career discussion in a neutral environment,
- Learning from the expertise, experience and wisdom of a seasoned project practioner,
- Having access to an impartial and objective third party to work through current project and career challenges,
- Gaining insights and learning different perspectives on difficult or challenging issues,
- Broadening your professional network,
- Learning skills to develop your EQ,
- Earning PDUs
Benefits for Mentors
Mentors recognise the importance of developing the next generation of project management professionals, but also benefit from the mentoring role by:
- Giving back to the profession by helping less experienced professionals improve their skills,
- Reflection on mistakes and accomplishments to assist mentee develop,
- Learning new things through your mentee and broadening your professional experience,
- Recognition as a seasoned practioner,
- Earning PDUs,
- Learning skills to develop your EQ.
How to apply
If you would like to join the Mentoring Program as a Mentee or Mentor, please submit your application online through the following link:
Mentees will be required to pay a Registration Fee. As the online Mentoring portal does not accept payments, you need to login separately to the PMI Sydney website EVENTS page and pay your registration fee.
NOTE: Portal Registration and Fee Payment links are only open after the Call for Registrations eblast to Chapter members. The eblast will contain up to date information appropriate to that specific Intake.
If you would like to know more about the Mentoring Program, check out the FAQs below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I earn PDUs?
Yes – both mentors and mentees earn PDUs for participating in the Intake Kick off session and at face to face mentoring meetings. You do need to keep accurate records and be prepared to produce them if independently audited.
How much does it cost?
The program is open to all members of PMI Sydney Chapter and for the 2018 Intakes a Registration Fee of $150 ex GST applies to all Mentee Applications. A wide range of self-paced training resources are provided to mentors and mentees through the Mentoring portal.
What happens if I am not selected?
There are a number of reasons why your application may not be successful. The program may be oversubscribed, or your particular skills set or objectives, or location may not be able to be matched on this occasion.
The mentoring team always does its very best to find an appropriate match but in some cases an applicant may need to defer to the next Intake. In the meantime, there are many other opportunities offered by PMI Sydney to learn and network - you can undertake specific training, attend PMI Chapter Events, attend PMI sponsored Meetups, or perhaps become a PMI Sydney volunteer.
Your Registration Fee will be refunded in full if your application is unsuccessful.
How often do Mentors and Mentees meet?
Mentors and mentees meet as often as they feel is appropriate but we recommend that the initial 2-3 meetings take place once a fortnight for around for an hour. Following this, the timing can be adjusted to say, monthly depening on Mentor-Mentee availability.
For every pairing the circumstances and the needs of the situation will determine how often a meeting is required.
Do I need to be a PMI Sydney Chapter member to participate?
Yes. This is a benefit that is only available to Sydney Chapter members.
What happens if the mentoring partnership is not working?
We understand that there will be times when a pairing does not work out due to personal circumstances changing, job transfers etc. The mentoring team undertakes regular health checks to identify what is or isn't working in a particular pairing. We encourage all parties to have open and honest conversations about the relationship before asking the mentoring team to identify another suitable mentor/mentee but naturally, in most circumstances a recommendation to wait until the next intake is usually the most practical approach.
When does the mentoring relationship end?
Typically, mentoring relationships will run for the full intake period but in a number of situations the mentoring pair will independently decide whether to continue the partnership beyond the formal closure of the intake.
Will my Mentor help me earn my PMP?
If your immediate goal is to earn your PMP you should consider formal training. PMI Sydney offers a number of PMP/CAPM Preparation sessions – you will find these listed in the Events section of the website.
Will my Mentor help me find a job?
This is not the primary purpose of the mentoring program. Notwithstading, the relationships you develop and the skills you acquire through the mentoring relationship will assist you if you are seeking new employment or career advancement.
I don’t live in Sydney – can I still participate?
Yes, as long as you are a Sydney Chapter member. Not all mentoring sessions need to be conducted face to face. We recommend you travel to Sydney for the initial kick-off or at least one face to face meeting, but after that you and your mentor should agree on how mentoring sessions will be conducted.