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Mentoring Program

Welcome to the AASW Mentoring Program

Run annually from April to September the AASW Mentoring Program facilitates a formally structured program that pairs a member mentor with a member mentee, and enables member social workers to participate in a program that seeks to resolve, develop, or advance a member’s interests.

The program provides a forum for social workers at all stages of their careers or professional journey to develop an on-going mentee / mentor relationship with another social worker facilitated by regular meetings and discussion of matters relating to professional or personal challenges, in a supportive framework. The program’s purpose is not to facilitate a participant to find work through their partnership but instead foster knowledge sharing, insights and learnings which can co-facilitate each other’s objectives for joining the program.

Please note: Upon completing the registration, you will receive an email from [email protected]. Kindly add this email to your address book to ensure you receive program-related communications. Members can only apply to be a mentor or mentee, not both.

 

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship in which an experienced individual (mentor) provides guidance, advice, and support to a less experienced individual (mentee). This guidance can encompass various aspects of personal and professional development. Mentoring is a dynamic relationship in which the mentor shares their expertise, insights, and life experiences to help the mentee develop professionally, personally, or academically.

 

Why have a mentor?

Mentoring is not limited to just the early stages of one’s career. It can be valuable at all levels of professional development, including senior positions. It’s not just about getting started; it’s about continuous improvement and adaptability in the ever-evolving world of work. Whether you’re just starting out or in a senior leadership role, there’s always something to learn and gain from a mentor.

 
What is the AASW mentoring program?

The program provides a forum for social workers at all stages of their careers or professional journey to develop an on-going mentee / mentor relationship with another social worker facilitated by regular meetings and discussion of matters relating to professional or personal challenges, in a supportive framework.

The program’s purpose is not to facilitate a participant to find work through their partnership but instead foster knowledge sharing, insights and learnings which can co-facilitate each other’s objectives for joining the program.

Am I eligible to provide mentoring (mentor)?
  • You need to be a financial member of the AASW and maintain your membership throughout the program.
  • Minimum of five (5) years practicing social work
  • The program runs for 6 months, April – September, with the expectation that you meet with your mentee at least monthly.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Have a desire to contribute to the future of the social work profession and be willing to share your knowledge and expertise with your mentee.
  • If you are a person that loves what you do, enthusiastic about sharing your passion, regularly set and meet professional and personal goals, you would make excellent a mentor.
 
Am I eligible to receive mentoring (mentee)?
  • You need to be a financial member of the AASW and maintain your membership throughout the program.
  • The program runs for 6 months, April – September, with the expectation that you meet with your mentor at least monthly.
  • Mentoring is mentee (the person receiving mentoring) led, you need to be organised and proactive.
  • It is expected that if you apply and are accepted to the program you will commit to completing and respect the time of your mentor.
  • You need to be willing to learn and grow but also to share your knowledge with mentors in return.
  • You need to have an open mind and behave respectfully towards your mentor