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Each month we talk to a pair who have
participated in the AHRI mentoring program.
Q. WHAT HAVE
YOU GOT OUT OF
This mentoring program
has played a very
positive role in my life.
I had the opportunity to
share my career plans
with an experienced
professional from the industry, and we worked
out a strategy to achieve them. I got to expand my
professional network and have found a sounding
board for work-related topics.
Q. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT
LESSON THAT YOU'LL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS
I have learnt -- and experienced -- that mentors are
there to inspire you and to help you unleash your
true potential professionally.
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST SESSION.
I was very happy to have been paired with Tim, who
has very sound industry knowledge and is also
in a position that I can aspire to. We had our first
meeting at Tim's office for an hour. During that time
we had a very open and frank discussion about
our expectations from the program, our goals and
the timelines to achieve the set expectations. We
also chalked out the mode for communication and
frequency for catch-ups.
Q. HOW OFTEN DID YOU MEET AFTER THAT?
We decided to set one hour every three to four
weeks aside. We also discussed the option of an
occasional email or phone call in case we needed to
discuss something between the catch-ups.
Q. WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM JOB BE?
My dream job is a generalist HR role where I would
be able to contribute and implement fresh HR ideas.
It would be at a welcoming and friendly place with
ample growth opportunities and an appreciation of
Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A MENTEE ON
ENTERING THE PROGRAM?
Don't be afraid to approach your mentor, set your
goals, make an action plan and ensure you follow it
through. Talk to your mentor and don't be scared to
seek help when needed.
MENTEE: SUNEETA REVO
CURRENT JOB TITLE: HR AND SALES
SUPPORT WA, PIEROTH WINES
MENTOR: TIM FANOWRIOS CAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: HR MANAGER,
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR
I currently oversee HR, safety
and quality for aluminium
window and door manufacturer
Jason Windows, which has
320 employees on-site. I spent
the early part of my career
in recruitment, with time in
engineering and mining, before
moving into business improvement and then into my current
position five years ago. I originally completed an HR degree
and hold a black belt in Lean Six Sigma -- very complementary
in a manufacturing environment.
Q. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A MENTOR?
I am yet to meet anyone I haven't learnt something from and
I figured that I was short on community participation in my
life, so I jumped feet first into AHRI's mentoring program.
Q. HAVE YOU LEARNT ANYTHING FROM SUNEETA?
For sure ... both technical HR insights around
remuneration and benefits, as well as other areas
Suneeta has had experience in, along with the first-hand
challenges in the current HR jobs market. We're both
parents of young kids, so a few parenting tips and tricks
were also exchanged.
Q. WHAT DO YOU HOPE SUNEETA HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM
THE MENTORING EXPERIENCE?
That her passion for HR will ensure a long-term career in
HR eventuates and the challenging times she's experiencing
will have all been worth it.
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MENTEES TO
GET THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE?
Be prepared. Be prepared with an understanding of what
you want from the relationship. Be prepared for taking and
completing actions between mentor catch-ups. Be prepared
to be challenged in your thinking. And be prepared to have
some laughs and good times as well.
"I AM YET TO MEET ANYONE I HAVEN'T
LEARNT SOMETHING FROM."
JASON WINDOWS HR MANAGER, TIM FANOWRIOS
Whether you are
a mentee wanting to
excel in your current
position or a seasoned
professional looking to
develop your coaching
and mentoring skills,
the AHRI members-only
will give participants
from the sharing of
and experiences. The
program runs over a
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