The PMI Sydney Chapter offers access to its mentoring program to assist 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.
- Improve their professional skills and address the challenges they experience in their work through one-on-one feedback.
- 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 June. The second intake starts in August and ends in December. Both intakes start with the Kick-off Session, where you meet your mentor/mentee and complete with the Close-out Session; a monthly Huddle focuses on topics that augment the learning experience.
The 2020 Intake 1 Kick-off Session is on Feb. 12, 2020, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Intake 2 Close-out Session will take place on June 17, 2020, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
PMISC members are invited to apply via the PMI Sydney Chapter Weekly e-News mail send-outs in January and July.
The program is open to PMISC members only. A fee of $50.00 is applicable for mentees; the program is heavily sponsored to reduce costs. The mentoring program team and the mentors are PMISC volunteers and offer their time and energy free of charge for the benefit of the mentees.
How it works
The PMISC Mentoring Program team matches mentees and mentors according to the experience, career objectives and, where possible, work or home location provided in the participant's application.
All successful applicants are required to attend the briefing session that kicks off each intake. Once the matching has been completed, participants will receive an mail asking them to register into the Kick-off Meeting, at which time mentees will also pay the Mentoring Program fee.
The Mentoring Program includes a monthly Huddle that focuses on topics of special interest to the participants and provides opportunities to reflect on the mentoring relationship to take them to the next level. Health check surveys are carried out by the mentoring program team during each Intake to ensure that mentor-mentee expectations are being fulfilled, and to seek opportunities for improvement and feedback.
The Mentoring Intake completes with the Close-out Session, an opportunity to take stock of what was accomplished, learn from the experience and provide input so the next Intake can be further enhanced.
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 practitioner
- Having access to an impartial and objective third party to work through the current project and career challenges
- Gaining insights into and learning different perspectives on issues
- Broadening your professional network
- Earning PDUs
- Learning skills to develop your EQ
Benefits for Mentors
Mentors recognize 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 missteps and accomplishments to assist mentee develop
- Learning new things through your mentee
- Recognition as a seasoned practitioner
- 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 the PMI Sydney Chapter and a $50.00 fee is applicable to mentees.
When do I pay the Mentee Fee - and how much is it?
Mentees pay the fee of $50.00 for the Mentoring Intake only after they have been matched with a suitable Mentor. You will receive an e-mail that informs you that your application has been successful, requesting you to register for the mandatory Kick-off Session where you will meet your Mentor. As you register, you will be asked to pay the fee for the program.
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 weekly or once a fortnight for around for an hour. Once the mentoring relationship is established and the mentees’ objectives are formulated, the frequency can be adjusted depending on Mentor-Mentee availability; the pair mutually agrees to the timing, duration and form of the meetings (in person or via video calls, etc).
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 in most circumstances, a recommendation to wait until the next intake is 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.