A focus for TAG’s Board and team is to ensure that our purpose aligns with the needs of our members. We strive to support our members to deliver on their goals, to be part of a community of student services professionals and to be recognised as valued partners in the higher education sector.
TAG is continually looking at ways to increase services and support to our members and to develop programs that add value to membership. The industry in which we operate constantly changes and has many external variables that challenge us all. Our membership base is unique in that there is a plethora of experienced, knowledgeable and passionate industry experts willing to share what they know, what they have learned and how they achieve success.
Mentoring is a proven approach when driving rich learning experiences and developing opportunities for both mentees and mentors. This type of program aims to support our members to develop and strengthen individual skills, strategies and capabilities so that they feel supported. We all at times need to tackle hurdles that seem insurmountable and can feel overwhelmed in our roles. The goal of this program is to provide career advice, to create strong professional networking opportunities and to gain both professional and personal enrichment for all involved.
TAG’s Mentor Program is a resource that we would like to make available to members. Mentoring relationships have a proven effect on performance and personal growth, making them one of the most popular forms of professional development.
Expressions of Interest Sought from Mentors:
To kick off the program, expressions of interest are sought from members interested in availing themselves to act as Mentors. It is envisaged that Mentors will be accessible to any TAG members seeking mentorship. Mentors, along with their field(s) of expertise will be listed in the Management Resources section of the TAG website. The program will be communicated via the various TAG communication channels. Mentees will be asked to contact the TAG office, which will act as the intermediary and arrange contact the mentorship according to the availability of Mentors.
Things to consider when deciding to register as a Mentor:
Mentoring can be beneficial in skill and business development, career and goal planning, developing successful networks, confidence building, developing managerial and leadership capabilities, and understanding organisational structures. Each TAG mentor and mentee that takes part in this program will have their own personal objectives that motivates them to participate. Whether it be improved networking, developing professional and leadership skills, improving management skills, or having a sounding board for work challenges, this program will provide the platform for the most critical aspect of mentoring: relationships. The duration of the program will be fluid, determined between the mentor/mentee depending on their needs. It could be a one-off offer of advice, a six-month formal program focusing on set goals or a longer developing connection.
Why become a TAG Mentor?
The perception exists that being a mentor requires special skills, but this is FALSE! To put it simply, mentors are people who have the qualities of good role models. Mentors use their personal experience and professional knowledge to help their mentees avoid mistakes and learn from good decisions. Below are seven qualities that make mentors effective:
Ability and willingness to communicate what you know.
Approachability, availability, and the ability to listen and hear.
Honesty with diplomacy.
Objectivity and fairness.
Compassion and genuineness.
Being a mentor is a rewarding experience. Not only can you further enhance and develop your leadership skills and gain a personal sense of satisfaction from knowing you have made a difference, but you also have assisted to expand someone else’s knowledge and skills by providing valuable advice whilst creating and nurturing strong professional relationships.
By becoming a TAG mentor, you will also:
- Improve your communication and personal skills.
- Further develop your leadership and management qualities.
- Reinforce your own industry skills, experience, and knowledge
- Increase your confidence and motivation.
- Engage in a volunteering opportunity.
- Increase your networking circles.
- Gain recognition for your skills and experience.
- Benefit from a sense of fulfillment and personal growth.
What is in it for TAG Mentees?
If you are new to the sector, changed roles, switched organisations or just need someone to bounce ideas off, share worries with and get some non-judgemental professional guidance from, then this program will facilitate these needs. Mentees can expand their knowledge and skills, gain valuable advice from a more experienced member and build their professional networks. By becoming a TAG Mentee, you will also:
- Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support.
- Learn from the experiences of others.
- Increase your professional confidence.
- Become more empowered to make decisions.
- Develop your communication, networking and personal skills.
- Develop strategies for dealing with issues that arise.
- Share resources.
- Identify goals for yourself by establishing a sense of direction.
Whilst we have seen growth in the number of females being recruited to GM/CEO positions within Student Unions/Associations, there remains a disparity in females in leadership positions within the sector. Owing to this, a focus for this program will be to connect female leaders with younger female employees or women new to the industry.
How to register as a Mentor:
If you would like to be considered as a TAG Mentor, please email your details below to [email protected]
Areas of specialty;
Reason for wanting to be a TAG Mentor: