National YP Mentoring Program

If you are interested in participating in the 2019 SSSI Young Professional Mentoring Program as a Mentee or Mentor please click here. Applications close Sunday 19 May!

The SSSI Young Professionals Mentoring Program 2019 facilitates mentoring connections between students nearing the end of their degree programs and professionals working in the surveying and spatial sciences industry. This is a structured, fixed term program and will include fortnightly meetings between mentors and mentees to discuss given topics.

This program aims to:

  • empower students entering the surveying and spatial sciences industry for early career success

  • ​build leadership in young professionals working in the industry

  • provide a platform to strengthen young professionals in the industry

Purpose

As a student or young professional, if you want to fast track your early career, we'll help you achieve this!

CPD

1 CPD point per meeting, limited to a maximum of 5 CPD points per year (as per section 3.10 of the SSSI CPD Guide) excluding BOSSI requirements.  If you are relying on CPD points for BOSSI assessment purposes please contact the NSW ROM.

Application

Expressions of interest for the 2019 intake of the Young Professionals Mentoring Program are now open! Submit yours today here.

Tune in to this video to hear some of the experiences of 2018 program participants.

Places are limited and based on the quality of applications whereby there is no guarantee that all applicants will be accepted into the program.

Mentees

If you are driven, curious about the profession, self-motivated and passionate about making the most of your early career, this program will help you to network and meet the right people. Participate to learn about the skills needed to succeed and give you insights into what the real world is like in your line of work. 

In the 2019 program we will have two streams of mentees:

Stream A:

  • for anyone in their last or second last year of their undergraduate degree

Stream B:

  • for those whio have been working in the industry for up to 5 years

  • have recently transitioned to the industry from another industry

  • are in any year of a postgraduate degree .

We welcome members of all commissions to join and welcome international members. 

Mentors

To be able to relate to these mentees, we are seeking mentors who are professionals in the industry looking to further develop their leadership and management skills and pass on some of their cultivated knowledge and experience about the industry. Mentors of all ages and careers stages (excluding graduates) are welcomed to the program, and we encourage mentors from tangential industries to consider applying as well. 

We can offer you the chance to influence the people who will change the future, discover fresh perspectives and to earn CPD points for your professional career development.

Participation Requirements

The four month program will involve approximately 2 hours per fortnight from the mentee and 1 hour a fortnight for the mentor (over the course of the program this is 16 hours for the mentee and 8 hours for the mentor, plus approximately 3 hours each for the inception event and for the awards ceremony at the end. This comes to a net time commitment of 22 hours for the mentees and 14 hours for the mentor over the course of the entire program. 

Please ensure that these time commitments will be feasible for you before you apply for the program, as if a mentor or mentee withdraws mid-way through the program it is difficult for the remaining party. 

Mentors and mentees that are successful in their applications to the program will be paired by SSSI. Their contact details will be shared with each other and they will initially meet during a launch event in their region. Upon the conclusion of the program, there will be a graduation event in each region, which all participants will attend as well.

Fortnightly meeting topics

The topics for discussion each fortnight will be:

Fortnight

Stream A

(current undergraduate students)

Stream B

(Current postgraduate students or people who are migrating from another industry)

1

Career goal setting & roles within the spatial industry

Managing personal workload sustainability

2

Applying for a job - Getting your CV together

Performance Reviews

3

Applying for a job - interview skills and approaches

Teamwork & Communication

4

Communication and Teamwork

Managing up

5

Professional etiquette (Presentation and attitude)

Project management

6

Networking

Networking

7

Asking for help - when, where and how

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

8

What it’s like in the real world / Yes I’ve got a job! what now?

Win-win: Adding value for your employer while adding value to yourself

Fortnight

Stream A

(Current undergraduate students)

Stream B

(Current postgraduate students or people who are migrating from another industry)

1

Career goal setting & roles within the spatial industry

Managing personal workload sustainability

2

Applying for a job - Getting your CV together

Performance Reviews

3

Applying for a job - interview skills and approaches

Teamwork & Communication

4

Communication and Teamwork

Managing up

5

Professional etiquette (Presentation and attitude)

Project management

6

Networking

Networking

7

Asking for help - when, where and how

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

8

What it’s like in the real world / Yes I’ve got a job! what now?

Win-win: Adding value for your employer while adding value to yourself

 

Schedule

Monday 8 April

Applications open (all expressions of interest will be invited to submit an application)

Sunday 19 May

Applications close

Monday 27 May - Sunday 2 June

Successful applications notified of acceptance into the program (primary phase)

Monday 3 - Friday 14 June

Successful applications notified of acceptance into the program (secondary phase)

Monday 17 June to Sunday 7 July

Regional inception events to welcome participants

Monday 8 July

Fortnightly meetings commence - Mentees complete surveys for feedback, Mentors and Mentees meet.

Sunday October 27

Program closes, all participants required to submit their surveys and feedback

Monday 4 - Sunday 17 November

Regional completion/graduation events

 

For detailed information about the 2019 SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program, please see the Terms Of Reference for the program.

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