The PMI Sydney Chapter offers access to its mentoring program to assit members to improve their professional skills in project, program and portfolio management. Through the Mentoring Program, individual members can:
- Connect and position themselves as experienced project management professionals
- Share the wealth of their experience and knowledge with one another
- Contribute to the individual growth of members (both mentors and mentees) and the maturity of the Chapter
- Access opportunities to further build and improve their networking and communication skills
PMISC offers two intakes per year as part of its Mentoring Program. The first intake starts in February and ends in early July. The second intake normally starts in late July and ends in December. For the 2019 second intake, a special program will occur starting in August and finishing in December including a number of development sessions as part of the program. This trial is based on feedback form previous intakes and looks to imporve the overall delivery.
PMISC members are invited to apply through an eblast communication and each intake is started with a combined kick-off and mentee training session.
The program is open to PMISC members only. Fees are applicable and these directly cover the cost of professional training and materials only. The program is heavily sponsored to reduce costs. All participants of the mentoring program are PMISC volunteers and offer this time free of charge for the benefit of the members.
How it works
The PMISC Mentoring Program team matches mentees and mentors according to the experience and career objectives as outlined in the member's application.
There are two intakes per year. Each intake commences with a kick off session comprising a program governance briefing, mentor-mentee introductions and a mentee training session.
Health check surveys are carried out by the mentoring team during each Intake in order to ensure that mentor-mentee expectations are being fulfilled, and to seek opportunities for improvement and feedback.
All successful applicants are required to attend the briefing/training session that kicks off each intake and to participate in the health check surveys.
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 into and learning different perspectives on issues
- Broadening your professional network
- Undertaking formal training as a mentee from a professional and experienced trainer
- Earning PDUs
- Learning skills to develop your EQ
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 mis-steps and accomplishments to assist mentee develop
- Learning new things through your mentee
- Recognition as a seasoned practioner
- Undergoing formal training and receiving certification from a professional and experienced mentoring trainer
- 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 links:
If you would like to know more about the Mentoring Program, check out the FAQs below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I earn PDUs?
Yes – as a mentee, a properly structured mentoring arrangement can help you earn PDUs in the Education-Informal Learning category. Mentors earn PDUs through the Giving Back - Shared Knowledge category. You do need to keep accurate records and be prepared to produce them, if audited.
How much does it cost?
The program is open to all members of PMI Sydney Chapter and a $50 fee is applicable to mentees. Mentors are offered professional training. Mentees participate in a formal training sessions as part of each Intake. All training is provided by professional and experienced trainers who have specialist skills in delivering mentoring and coaching programs.
How often do Mentors and Mentees meet?
Mentors and mentees meet as often as they see fit but we recommend that the initial 2-3 meetings take place once a fortnight for around for an hour, afterwhich the timing can be adjusted to say, monthly depending 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 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, or for other reasons. The mentoring team undertakes regular health checks to identify what is or is not 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 then you should consider formal training. PMI Sydney offers a number of PMP/CAPM exam preparation sessions – you will find these listed in the Professional Development Certification section of the website.
Will my Mentor help me find a job?
No – this is not the primary purpose of the mentoring program. Notwithstanding 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 you can, 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, but after that you and your mentor can agree on how mentoring sessions will be conducted.