Mentoring Program

Guidance. Support. Development

Why Mentoring Matters?

Mentoring is a dynamic practice that serves as a catalyst for learning, growth, and development, benefiting both individuals and companies. The advantages of mentoring programs make them a strategic investment for companies seeking to foster personal and professional skill enhancement and progress.
The specific objectives of mentoring programs can vary according to a company or a team members unique goal, but the impact they deliver is consistently impressive:

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Would you like to join the 2024 Mentoring Program?

Now is your chance!

About
Looking to positively impact your career in the foodservice industry? Our Mentoring Program is a members-only benefit where you’ll be paired with industry professionals offering one on one guidance on on your chosen area of growth.

Open to All Levels
Whether you’re just starting out or already leading a team, this program is for all employees within a member company. It’s a chance to learn from those who you respect and admire.

Why You Should Get Involved
It’s not just about guidance; it’s about transformation. From gaining fresh insights to developing new skills, you’ll broaden your professional capabilities. Plus, you’ll make valuable contacts within the industry, helping you grow your network.

Your Path to Progress
The FSAA Mentoring Program is your launchpad for personal and professional growth. Take the next step in your career journey. Sign up today to uncover what you’re truly capable of.

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How do I make the most out of the Experience?

  • Planning and preparation are crucial for you to get the best of your sessions.
  • Carefully consider why you need a mentor and what you wish to achieve through the
    relationship.
  • Allocate sufficient time for preparation in between each mentoring dialogue and be
    dedicated to the process.
  • Be proactive, own the process.
  • You are responsible in driving the mentoring relationship.
  • You need to set goals, develop action plans and follow through on them independently.
  • You will exercise your own judgment in light of advice from your mentor
  • You need to accept full responsibility for your own actions and plans
  • It is not an expectation that the mentor is subsequently required to find you a job or
    to be your promoter
  • You are required to take an active role in reviewing both progress and the mentoring
    relationship
  • Be open to challenge and feedback
  • Be open to new learnings and feedback
  • Be open to being challenged and having your assumptions questioned
  • Maintain respect and manage expectations
  • Maintain a professional relationship with the mentor, accepting your mentor is a more
    experienced colleague and not a personal counsellor
  • Have realistic expectations of the mentoring relationship and the availability of the mentor
  • Maintain the confidentiality of discussions, except where agreed

What are the advantages of being mentored?

  • The opportunity to learn from an acknowledged leader in the Foodservice industry.
  • The opportunity to make your own decisions based on what is learned.
  • Expanded career development and advancement potential.
  • Working with someone who can understand the issues you face

Do you have any other tips to share?

  • Meet with your mentor at mutually agreed times
  • Drive the mentoring relationship by deciding which issues and concerns you wish to discuss. Mentoring discussions can be held face to face, via Zoom or over the phone
  • Go to meetings with an agenda of what you would like to discuss
  • Keep the relationship informal and open.
    Be open to constructive feedback and keep your mentor advised of subsequent
    courses of action, where appropriate.
  • Make effective use of your mentor’s time by having focused sessions, at times it is
    advantageous to send your mentor the agenda prior to the meeting.
  • Remember that the mentor is giving his/her time and advice freely, but also are a very busy industry professional – stick to your set times.

Is there a fee?

As a company member of FSAA this is an exclusive membership benefit. No fee

Who can I speak to if I have any questions?

Please contact Minnie Constan
mconstan@fsaa.org.au 

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