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About WPDN Mentoring

The Women's Professional Development Network (WPDN) at the University of Adelaide has coordinated a highly successful mentoring program for professional female staff since 1997.

The program is supported with funding provided by the University of Adelaide

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the Mentoring program start?

    The WPDN Mentoring program usually starts in April/May each year and runs for six months.

  • How do I apply for the Mentoring program?

    Applications for the 2017 program are now open, closing midnight Sunday 11 June.  

    Positions in the WPDN mentoring program are limited and therefore competitive. Calls for expressions of interest are announced via the WPDN newsletter.

    Sign up for the WPDN newsletter to  ensure you receive the announcement notification.

    The EOI is an application form that asks you questions about why you want to be involved in the program and what you hope to get out of it. We want to ensure the people who are committed to getting the most out of this program are given the opportunity to participate.

    Mentorees apply here.

    Mentors apply here.

  • What is Mentoring?

    "A process of an integrated approach to advising, coaching and nurturing, focused on creating a viable relationship to enhance individual career, personal or professional growth and development." Adams (1998)

    "a nurturing process in which a more skilled or more experienced person, serving as a role model, teaches, sponsors, encourages, counsels, and befriends a less skilled or less experienced person for the purpose of promoting the latter's professional and personal development." Anderson and Shannon (as cited in Colwell, 1998)

    Mentoring is a relationship of generosity in which one person assists another person to learn something that the learner would otherwise not have learnt so easily or as well.

    Mentoring is the process in which successful individuals go out of their way to help others establish goals and develop skills to reach them.

    The focus of the mentoring relationship must be on helping the mentoree become strong, not on helping them to feel better about being weak.

    Effective mentors are enablers not experts.

  • How are people matched?

    Selected participants will be matched as closely as possible to each mentoree’s identified needs and the available mentors.

    Your response to the Expression of Interest Questionnaire will be used in the selection process.

    Please note that your responses may be provided to your mentor.

  • How is the program structured?
    1. Applications are sought from professional women within the University of Adelaide
    2. Matching of applicants with mentors completed by the mentoring steering committee
    3. Program is approximately 6 months in duration
    4. Semi structured in nature
    5. Initial welcome and training session for both mentors and mentorees
    6. Mid program evaluation
    7. Final evaluation session at the end of the program.
    8. Optional professional development sessions for mentorees and mentors throughout the program
  • How does Mentoring empower?

    The power of the mentor BELIEVING in the mentoree's ability and encouraging the mentoree to do what they think they cannot do.

    The power of the mentor LISTENING to the mentoree.

    The power of receiving TRUTH in the form of constructive feedback.

  • What are the expectations?

    Mentorees and mentors will be expected to meet regularly during the six-month program to discuss and review the mentorees' identified projects or goals.

    Attendance at the first, mid-way and final sessions are a compulsory condition of the program for both Mentors and Mentorees

  • What does the program cost?

    All sessions are free of charge and enable you to develop your skills and get more out of the Mentoring Program.

    The program is supported with funding provided by the University of Adelaide.

  • How long does the program go for?

    The program is approximately 6 months in duration with several mandatory attendance requirements.

  • Is the mentoring program confidential?

    Trust is very important for both Mentor and Mentoree, whatever is said during your mentoring relationship is confidential on both sides.

  • Who drives the program?

    This is a "Mentoree driven" program - it is up to mentoree to make and maintain contact with their mentor.

  • How do I get help and advice about the program?

    Help is always at hand and our WPDN Mentoring Sub-Committee is always available for support for both Mentors and Mentorees.

Women's Professional Development Network (WPDN)

The University of Adelaide


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