Expressions of interest for the 2018 SoCLA Mentoring Program now open
Queries and expressions of interest should be directed to Helen Green, Mentoring Program Coordinator (contact details below).
Designed to be flexible, the SoCLA Mentoring Program runs from April/May through to December and is tailored to meet the needs of SoCLA's diverse professional base from student members to senior practitioners.
The program commenced in 2015 and has more than tripled in numbers since. Hosted by the SoCLA Young Constructors Committee, the Mentoring Program is available exclusively to financial members. Given strong interest in the program, SoCLA is pleased to be able to offer the program again in 2018.
In line with SoCLA's commitment to lifelong learning and professional development, members at ANY stage of their career are able to apply to be mentored. An increasing number of participants are involved in the program as BOTH mentors and mentees, which has allowed us to accommodate growing interest from members in being mentored.
Important - new online Application process for 2018 - to be launched in January
SoCLA will be launching a new website platform early in 2018. This will include a streamlined online application process for the mentoring program, linked to a membership database. Members who have expressed early interest in the program will be advised by Helen Green when they are able to officially apply online. Applicants should be familiar with the SoCLA Mentoring Program guidelines prior to applying.
Mentors - New mentors for 2018 should complete an online application form when the online application process is available or contact Helen directly and she will take your details over the phone. It is a requirement of the program that mentors have at least five years post graduate experience. New mentors are very welcomed and needed.
Mentees - All prospective mentees for the 2018 program will be required to apply for the program when the online application process is available. New mentees to the program are welcomed. Mentees who participated in the 2017 program are also encouraged to apply to participate again this year. In this instance, should your application be successful, you will be matched with a different mentor.
SoCLA continues to engage Careers Consultant, Helen Green to manage key aspects of the program with a view to developing and incrementally growing the program. Helen has considerable experience in this field. She is available to advise and assist mentees and mentors during the course of the year with any aspect of their involvement in the Program. Helen will continue to work closely with the Chair of the Young Constructors Committee.
Your suggestions and feedback matter. Participants in the 2017 program are encouraged to provide feedback about the program any time. A survey to 2017 participants will be sent in December.
If you would like to learn more about the program or receive a copy of current Program Guidelines, please contact Helen Green, Mentor Program Coordinator on 0428 888 292 or email@example.com
What do program participants say?
Here are just a few of the testimonials received from previous participants
I have been involved in the SoCLA mentoring program since its inception as a mentor. Even though I am a lawyer the mentees selected for me were not lawyers and I found the interaction with the mentees enlightening indeed. It gave me a broader insight into other sections of the construction industry and, most importantly, a better idea of the pressures placed on the younger members of the industry who, I am sure, will be the leaders of the future.
During the period of the mentoring program the construction industry was going through difficult times and we had discussions that extended our thought processes to examine present and future options. We also covered topics such as further education, the nuances of specialisation, paying attention to disruptive technology and work/life balance.
Apart from opening my mind to new ways of thinking I believe that the mentees were better equipped to face the future than if they did not participate in the SoCLA mentoring program. I also feel that the mere fact that they sought to participate was an indication in itself that I was dealing with people who:
- cared for themselves, their professions and the community,
- wanted to improve themselves and
- wanted to get the most out of life.
I believe that they will.
Past Chair, SoCLA (mentor 2016)
It was a pleasure to participate as a mentor in the 2016 SoCLA mentoring program. I found the experience rewarding and I greatly enjoyed my meetings with my mentee. I look forward to participate again as a mentor in the 2017 mentoring program
Caroline Kirton QC (mentor 2016)
Mentoring of young members of SoCLA across the professions is at the core of its objectives. The structured approach that has been implemented provides a clear guide for the participants and encourages their participation. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to share ideas and encourage initiatives for professional development of younger members of SoCLA. I look forward to further involvement.
Ian H Bailey AM SC, (mentor 2016)
I am fortunate to have participated in the SoCLA Mentoring Program in 2016 and, in particular, to have had the opportunity to meet and learn from a very senior and respected member of the legal profession. I’m grateful for the time that Caroline took to speak with me about career development and change. Caroline’s honest guidance and encouragement remains invaluable and motivates me to be ambitious and aim high.
Rebecca Dickson (mentee 2016)
The Mentor Program is well organised. My mentor was of the highest quality and knowledge. We had discussions about the legal industry, the construction legal work and career opportunities for myself. This is an excellent program.
Robert Zucca (mentee 2016)
Great networking and good industry insight. As I act in the industry as a contractor, Laina's legal perspective on matters was really interesting. She was really insightful. Great mentor.
Ryan Woodhall, (mentee 2016)
My mentor was great. It was inspiring to meet a female in construction law who has her level of experience and level of involvement in so many activities.
“My mentor has been one of the most influential people in my life over the past year. It has been an honour to be mentored by someone so senior in the industry and committed to the program and my development”
Raeesa Rawal (mentee 2015)
“The SoCLA mentor program gave me the opportunity to develop an informal relationship with a senior professional in the industry. I found this invaluable as it enabled me to gain insight from a senior professional about their experiences and thoughts on interesting topics in construction law. I also attended numerous industry events and built up my network as a result of this relationship. I highly recommend participating in the program.”
I have very much enjoyed being involved in the SOCLA Mentoring Program. The opportunity to spend time with and exchange (hopefully useful) ideas and advice with a remarkable young lawyer in Raeesa Rawal, was not only interesting but also challenging. It really is quite wonderful to be involved, to even a small degree, in the development and unfoldment of the professional careers of bright up and coming construction lawyers. I whole heartedly recommend participation in the program
Michael Whitten QC (mentor 2015)
The SoCLA Mentorship Program provided me with an invaluable opportunity to be paired with a senior member of the construction law profession. My mentor took great interest in my development as a construction lawyer and offered me much guidance and support. Through the SoCLA Mentorship Program I was able to network with other construction law professionals who I still keep in contact with today. I would highly recommend the SoCLA Mentorship Program to younger members of the construction law profession.