The PATH4 Food Mentoring Program was developed to connect the young, upcoming generation of foodies with experienced food industry veterans to ensure we retain the knowledge and expertise in the industry and the future leaders of the industry are well equipped for their careers.

Participant Eligibility

Mentors

  • At least 10 years graduate experience in a variety of food industry roles
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly listening
  • Desire to contribute to the future of the food industry
  • Time to commit to the equivalent of about 1 hour meeting monthly for the duration of the 12 month program.

Mentees

  • Graduates of food science, food technology or other relevant qualifications with no more than 5 years of graduate food industry experience or
  • Undergraduate food industry students in their third year of study or
  • Postgraduate food industry students.

Benefits of Mentoring

Mentors

  • Contribute to the development of the future of the food industry profession;
  • Improve management, leadership and communication skills;
  • Gain recognition of skills, knowledge and commitment to profession;
  • Gain personal satisfaction from making a contribution to the industry;
  • Reflect on current projects and office practice;

Mentees

  • Further develop skills and knowledge;
  • Build professional networks and a support system;
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem;
  • Discuss theoretical and practical issues with a practising food industry professional;
  • Have a confidential opportunity to discuss workplace / university issues;
  • Receive support and guidance to achieve career goals;

Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees

  • Act ethically and with respect towards all other participants;
  • Maintain strict confidentiality;
  • Commitment to attend all prearranged meetings; and
  • Discuss expectations of participants in the first meeting and review as meetings progress

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Suggestion schedule of meeting for Mentoring Program

Stage 1: Negotiating Expectations and Goals
Meeting 1 Mentoring Program Meet and greet, ensure Mentoring paperwork is signed and completed (Appendix A & B) Developing a plan and agreeing to goals for the program.
Stage 2: Establishing the Relationship
Meeting 2 Getting to know you Informal discussion to learn about each other and build rapport.
Meeting 3 Career/work history, identify development needs Sharing each others work experiences and agreeing on mentee’s top 3 development needs.
Meeting 4 Mentor to present work examples Mentor presents a project or examples of their work relevant to mentee’s development needs / interests.
Stage 3: Development Needs and Knowledge Acquisition
Meeting 5 Development Need 1 Address first development need
Meeting 6 Mid-year Mentoring Program re-evaluation Mentor and mentee to evaluate benefits to date from the mentoring program and identify any areas for improvement.
Meeting 7 Development Need 2 Address second development need
Meeting 8 Development Need 3 Address third development need
Meeting 9 Review development needs Overall evaluation of how the above development needs were addressed.
Stage 4: Career Focus
Meeting 10 Career development Discuss career direction of mentee
Meeting 11 Career development Suggest internal/external training or development opportunities.
Stage 5: Sustaining the Relationship
Meeting 12 Mentoring Program Wrap-Up, Mentoring Program Closure Agreement Overview of past 12 months and finalise mentoring closure agreement.