PMI Sydney Chapter

Mentoring

Mentoring is a great way to grow.

 

Mentoring 2020 - PMI Sydney Chapter Mentoring Program

The PMI Sydney Chapter (PMISC) offers 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 mentoring program intakes each year. The first intake starts in February and ends in June. The second intake runs from August to December. Intakes begin with a kick-off session, where you meet your mentor/mentee and end with a close-out session. A monthly huddle focuses on topics that augment the learning experience.  

The 2021 Intake 1 applications cut-off date will be Jan 27, 2021. The kick-off, monthly huddles and close-out sessions will be announced after 2020 intake 2 ends.

The program is exclusive to PMISC members. The mentoring program team and mentors are PMISC volunteers, who offer their time and energy free of charge for the benefit of mentees.

 

How it works

Mentors and mentees submit an application (see links below) to participate in the program.

The PMISC mentoring program team matches mentees and mentors according to their 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 email with the details of the kick-off meeting.

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 ends 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 support the mentee’s development path on all three sides of the PMI Talent Triangle, depending on their standing point. 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 current project and career challenges
  • Gaining new insights and different perspectives on issues
  • Broadening your professional network
  • Earning PDUs

 

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
  • Reflecting on missteps and accomplishments to assist mentees in their development.
  • Gaining new perspectives from your interactions with your mentee
  • Recognition as a seasoned practitioner
  • Earning PDUs

 

How to apply

If you would like to join the Mentoring Program as a Mentee or Mentor, please submit your application online through one of the following links:

If you would like to know more about the Mentoring Program, check out the FAQs below. 

If you have further questions, please email the Mentoring team at mentoring_team@pmisydney.org

 

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?

Mentors volunteer with their time and experience and do not pay a fee. For the 2020 Intake 2, the fee mentees pay has been waived to support members directly impacted by COVID-19.

How often do Mentors and Mentees meet?

Mentors and mentees meet as often as they see fit. We recommend that the initial 2-3 meetings take place weekly for about an hour, building trust and rapport at the outset has proven to be a critical success factor.

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 agree to the timing, duration, and form of the meetings.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, we trust that mentors and mentees will follow good social distancing practices and any other measures announced by NSW Health.

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 changing personal circumstances, 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 mentoring relationship before asking the mentoring team to identify another suitable mentor/mentee; but in most circumstances, a recommendation to wait until the next intake would be one of the approaches.

When does the mentoring relationship end?

Typically, the mentoring program will run for the full intake period, but the mentoring relationship between some mentors and mentees may continue if both agree to continue 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.  PMISC 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. However, 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 PMISC member.