By Riddhi R. Kalra (Secretary, TEM)
Transport Engineers at Monash, together with ITEANZ and The Monash Association of Civil Engineers (ACES), held a very successful induction night on the 13th of March, for the inaugural cohort of the TEM Mentoring Program. Students joining the program as mentees had the opportunity to network and meet the professionals who joined the program as mentors.
The night started with dinner and an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other over. The evening’s proceedings included introductions from each of the mentors; many of whom shared anecdotes of important mentors in their own professional development journey. Jodie Le, founder of the Women in Transport Mentoring Program, and LXRA, shared a fascinating presentation on ‘The Chemistry of Mentoring’. Jodie’s presentation gave insight into the benefits and outcomes of mentoring programs. Following this, undergraduate engineer and mentee from the Women in Transport Mentoring Program, Marielle Salom, inspired the mentees with advice on how to achieve the most from such programs.
The night was a positive start to a program which aims to empower and encourage the next generation of professionals entering the transport industry. As the first call for expressions of interest for mentees was oversubscribed, a second round will be launches in semester 2 (commencing July 2018). The call for mentees and mentors will be circulated in May, so stay tuned to the website and emails for further information.