About the FTA’s Mentoring Program

The FTA’s Mentoring Program is a semi-formal, one-on-one and face-to-face program that is open to all members of the FTA. The program is on a rolling, annual basis, but open all year round to accept applications from both Mentor’s and Mentee’s.

What is a Mentoring Program?

Mentoring is a relationship based on an exchange of knowledge, experience and goodwill. Mentors help someone less experienced gain confidence, clearer purpose, insight and wisdom. In turn, the Mentee develops new skills, knowledge and expertise, as well as new networks and relationships.

A mentoring program can bring the following benefits:

  • Help graduates transition into their chosen profession
  • Create intergenerational links and transfer knowledge from mentor to mentee
  • Provide support and reduce isolation
  • Engage and connect people
  • Help women/ people from ethnic minorities to advance their careers
  • Provide an avenue for more experienced members to give back
  • Build mentoring and leadership skills within an industry or profession
  • Build a stronger community and network
  • Career development

Do you have what it takes?

Mentor

Do you think you can make a difference to someone’s professional career?

A great mentor has the following skills and attributes:

  • Listen to your mentee’s understanding of a situation or problem
  • Provide information and knowledge and share informal networks
  • Provide advice on career development; Offer different perspectives
  • Provide support and encouragement; Provide an insight into your work and career
  • Offer guidance and advice regarding qualifications; Be a sounding board
  • Be a critical advisor and encourage self-reflection
  • Help mentees identify areas for development

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to use your experience and knowledge in a facilitative manner to support the development of the mentee.

However. the responsibility for making things happen and putting plans into action lies primarily with the mentee.

It is the mentor’s job to facilitate and act as a “sounding board” when needed.

Mentee

If you have made the decision to look for a mentor, then it’s a great step in the right direction to gaining the exposure and skills from experienced that others in the professional community can offer you in your career journey.

What does a great mentee look like?

Be Proactive

  • Take the initiative in organising, preparing and following up on meetings

Be Organised

  • Time management and administration skills are key to an efficient working relationship with your mentor. and will aid you in achieving your goals

Be Prepared

  • Reflect on your own values and work practices and identify areas for improvement
  • Identify what are your immediate knowledge and skill gaps that need improvement
  • Reflect on your personal work style and how to tailor this to your experience
  • There are some things that you can do in preparation of your first meeting that will prove helpful in establishing your mentor-mentee relationship.

Communicate

  • Active listening
  • Follow-up
  • Ask questions

Next Steps

Entry into the Mentoring Program can only occur by application. If you are interested in being a Mentor, please complete the Mentor Application Form by clicking on the button above. If you are interested in being a Mentee, please complete the Mentee Application Form. Please note that there is a one-off $55 administration fee payable by Mentee’s unless you are a Pathway’s Member, in which case this is part of your membership.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at membership@financetreasury.com.au