National YP Mentoring Program

Applications for the 2019 SSSI Young Professional Mentoring Program are now closed, and the program will begin on Monday 8 July, with launch events in all participating regions from Monday 17 June to Sunday 7 July. 

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, proudly supported in 2019 by C.R. Kennedy, 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


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


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.

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. 


To be able to relate to these mentees, mentors need to be 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.

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.

Monday 17 June – 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 27 October Program closes, all participants required to submit their surveys and feedback
Monday 4 – Sunday 17 November Regional completion/graduation events

Fortnightly meeting topics
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 & approaches Teamwork & communication
4 Communication & teamwork Managing up
5 Professional etiquette (presentation & attitude) Project management
6 Networking Networking
7 Asking for help – when, where & how Emotional intelligence & 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


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

2019 National Program Sponsor



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