Professional mentoring is a powerful tool for early career practitioners. The workplace can be tricky to navigate and the ‘right’ choices are not always clear. Our young leaders have fire in their bellies and the energy for change. For early career practitioners in particular, positive mentoring relationships can promote confidence, inspire passion, and stimulate career growth. There are major benefits to mentors too, from learning about new ways of doing things, renewed enthusiasm for their role as an experienced practitioner, satisfaction from contributing to another practitioner’s development and continuing professional development points (for Certified Environmental Practitioners).
Throughout the Australian Divisions and the NZ Chapter of the EIANZ, we promote strong mentoring relationships focused on goal-setting, career mentoring and technical up-skilling. Some of our mentoring programs are formalised and mature, whilst some are in their infancy and are continuing to develop. We all do mentoring a little differently, but we all do it for the same reasons. We see the potential of our future leaders and we want to give them the confidence and skills that they need to succeed.
The EIANZ Students and Early Careers Committee (SECC) is passionate about mentoring, and learning and growing as an institute through information sharing.
Keep a look out on the event page for a mentoring program in your Australian Division or New Zealand Chapter. Whether you’re new to the industry or an experienced voice, we encourage you to get involved.