Debra Wunke, participant in PIRSA Stepping into Leadership with her mentor, Amanda Underwood, Senior Policy Officer, Office for Women. 

Debra Wunke, participant in PIRSA Stepping into Leadership with her mentor, Amanda Underwood, Senior Policy Officer, Office for Women. 

The world of work continues to change and people are expected to adapt and respond to meet changing needs, often doing more with fewer resources in a 24/7 world.

Having a mentor, someone who can guide and advise you, someone you can talk freely with will make your career journey smoother and more enjoyable.

Mentors provide invaluable support and motivation to achieve success, and if you find a mentor that’s right for you the experience is priceless.

Ag Consulting Co has included mentoring in the PIRSA funded Stepping Into Leadership 12 month program for the past 2 years. This program already provided personal leadership development for 15 women from regional South Australia through workshops and Webinars and one-on-one coaching.

Sharon Honner from Ag Consulting Co said mentoring has added a new dimension to the program, providing links to industry, expanding networks and building specific skills for the women.

A former participants said “Mentoring has been a very important aspect of this program as it has allowed me to have a person within the same industry as me, from a similar background, to bounce ideas off of and to help with ‘where too next?’

Mentoring is much more than providing advice, knowledge and insights. The relationship offers reciprocal benefits for mentors willing to invest their time in developing others.

Sharon said Ag Consulting Co defines mentoring as a formal relationship to support the mentee to learn and grow by sharing networks, knowledge, expertise and experiences through story telling using a coach approach.

As well as the personal satisfaction of sharing skills and experience with a willing learner, being involved in mentoring also provides benefits that reward mentors personally and professionally.

“Having a formal structure in place allowed a successful mentoring relationship between myself and my mentee," said mentor Susie Green. “This would not have eventuated without this program.

“It was also extremely rewarding personally to be able to contribute in a small way to my mentee’s development," she said. 

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