Generation Change: Mentoring
Guiding the next generation of primary sector women
The future of our primary sector will be shaped by the talent, commitment and hard work of those coming after us. Let’s support them to grow.
‘Generation Change: Mentoring’ is a pilot project matching established primary sector women and men with a group of young women embarking on their career in food and fibre.
In partnership with Rural Leaders New Zealand and New Zealand Young Farmers, the mentoring pilot will follow Generation Change – a one-day workshop (14 October in Christchurch) where 100 young primary sector women will explore their values, strengths, purpose and potential career pathways. As a mentor, you’ll support one of these young women with advice and feedback as she starts to put her career intentions into action.
‘Generation Change: Mentoring’ is your chance to actively give back to the sector – helping our young women to picture their primary sector future, connect with others and learn from someone further along the journey.
We will be using a leading online platform to run the project efficiently for mentors and mentees, and learning from this pilot will shape plans for larger, sector-wide mentoring initiatives.
At this stage we’re taking registrations of interest from prospective mentors. If you’re open to sharing your story and inspiring and connecting a young woman in her search for meaningful work with impact, sign up below.
Generation Change: Mentoring Q&A
Who can be a mentor?
The Generation Change: Mentoring project is open to women and men who are established in New Zealand’s food and fibre sector. We are looking for mentors across a range of roles and experiences – the key criteria is a willingness to guide and support a young primary sector woman.
I have never mentored before, am I qualified?
Mentoring is relatively straightforward. It focusses on being a good listener, sharing advice, supporting goal setting and generally encouraging your mentee through their first career steps. Throughout the project, we’ll also provide tips and guidance to help you navigate your role as a mentor – like this how to be a great mentor checklist and this infographic on the impact of mentoring.
How will the project work?
Once we have received your registration of interest, we’ll ask you to sign-up to our mentor matchmaking platform. There, you’ll answer a few brief questions about your experience and supply a photograph. Following the Generation Change workshop (14 October), mentees will likewise load up a profile and then request to pair with you. On your agreement, mentees will then contact you to arrange your first mentoring session.
What is the time commitment?
Each mentoring pair will complete at least two sessions using agendas, tips and notes that AWDT will provide to help you get started. From there, it is up to you and your mentee to continue the mentorship if you both choose. You are welcome to mentor multiple people or remove yourself from the project at any time. We will be running four Generation Change programmes (for a total of 400 young women) across 2021-2023. Your mentoring commitment could roughly follow the event schedule. It may drop off in between events or equally, the mentoring relationships may be sustained over time. The pilot will teach us about this.
What will we cover in the first two sessions?
The Generation Change: Mentoring project is designed to build on several self-reflection exercises mentees will have completed during the one-day workshop. In your first session, you’ll get to know each other and discuss the ‘career brief’ developed by the mentee at the workshop. You might help your mentee by sharing some relevant experience, describing roles that might fit their interests, actively connecting them with other people in the sector or recommending some tangible first steps. In your second session, you’ll reflect on your first session, hear the results of any post-session actions, support your mentee to make further plans and decide if you would like to carry on with further mentoring.