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MENTOR. MENTEE .
Each month we talk to two people who have
participated in the AHRI mentoring program.
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU GOT
OUT OF THE MENTORING
It has been invaluable. I
was very pleased to be
par tnered with Shar yn,
because she has vast HR
and industrial relations
the process I really enjoyed
having a mentor outside the
organisation I’m working
in, which provided me with an added perspective and
opinion in the way I view current work situations. The
experience significantly helped with my professional
Q. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU
WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS MENTORING EXPERIENCE?
This whole process has challenged me at ever y stage.
It has taught me how to evaluate my work performance
and it has increased the confidence I have in my
capabilities and human resource learnings.
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST SESSION.
We talked about our career backgrounds, interests
and what we both wanted to get out of this mentoring
relationship. We agreed how regularly we would
meet and what the plan of action was going to be in
those meetings to achieve the goals we had set. We
developed a flexible arrangement, rather than having
a fixed schedule.
Q. HOW OFTEN DID YOU MEET AFTER THAT?
We scheduled meetings every month. They were
mostly breakfast meetings, which suited both of our
schedules. Shar yn would send me case studies during
the week and we would discuss them in our scheduled
meetings. The case studies were of ten tailored
towards industrial relations, an area I identified as
something I wanted to develop confidence in. It was
Q. WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM HR JOB BE?
A senior HR position in a reputable organisation.
Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A MENTEE WANTING
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
Define clear goals and expectations before starting the
process. Know exac tly what you want to get out of the
MENTEE: POOJA PANDIT CAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: HR OFFICER AT A
MENTOR: SHARYN COLES CAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: MANAGER, PEOPLE AND
PERFORMANCE AT A COMMUNITY SERVICES
ORGANISATION IN THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTOR
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR
I’ve worked in the HR
profession for over 24 years
in various HR generalist
roles. In my current job, I lead
a team of five, which takes
care of all facets of HR for the
business. It’s a ver y busy and
challenging role and no two
days are the same.
Q. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A MENTOR?
I wanted to pass on my knowledge to someone who’s
looking to grow in the HR profession. Being a mentor
also means learning from the mentee, which I believe is
Q. HAVE YOU LEARNT ANYTHING FROM POOJA?
I cer tainly have! Pooja has been employed in the not-for-
profit sector longer than I have, so I found it interesting and
valuable to learn of the challenges in Pooja’s organisation,
which were quite similar to my own.
Q. WHAT DO YOU HOPE POOJA HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM
THE MENTORING EXPERIENCE?
I hope that Pooja has learnt to have greater confidence in
her own abilities. I’ve been able to connect her with contacts
in the area she is most interested in, which is industrial
relations. I hope that helps her to learn more in this area and
to enable her to grow within her own organisation.
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MENTEES
TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE?
I would recommend that mentees ask questions of their
mentor. The mentor/mentee relationship is one that is built
on trust and respect, so the mentee should make the most
of it. Another important aspect of this relationship is to
schedule when, where and how you will meet right at the
beginning. I also recommend that you use the literature (the
mentor/mentee kit AHRI supplied) in setting goals.
“I FOUND IT INTERESTING AND
VALUABLE TO LEARN OF
THE CHALLENGES IN POOJA’S
NOT-FOR-PROFIT MANAGER, SHARYN COLES CAHRI
Whether you are a
mentee wanting to
excel in your current
position or a seasoned
professional looking to
develop your coaching
and mentoring skills,
will give you valuable
insights from the
sharing of advice,
program runs over a
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