AME launched a Mentorship Program in 2019 to match graduate students and young professionals with experienced leaders to help them navigate the industry and accelerate their professional growth.

What is the AME Mentorship Program?

We know that starting your career can be daunting and often new graduates leave university filled with theoretical knowledge but limited practical work experience. That’s why we launched the AME Mentorship Program – a voluntary one-year mentorship program to foster the professional growth and development of the mentee. 

A mentor can provide the knowledge, experience and guidance that mentors need to succeed in their chosen career. Likewise, being a mentor can be a truly rewarding experience, seeing the industry through fresh eyes and expanding professional networks with the added enjoyment of giving back to the community.  

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The Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Pairings between mentees and mentors will be made in good faith by the AME Mentorship sub-committee based on mentee and mentor applications. Considerations in the matching process will include development goals, specific topics of interests, location, experience and matching preferences indicated by the participants. Mentors and mentees will be notified of their matches* by November 4, 2021.

Program Events

The time commitment for this program is roughly two hours per month in addition to the mandatory events. Mentees are expected to attend all program events and should block that time in their calendars.

Kickoff Meeting – 17 November 2021
The meeting will include a program overview, networking, and first mentoring match meet and greet. Program goals, participant roles, mentoring best practices, the Commitment Contract, program processes, and meeting/time expectations will be discussed.

Resources

Resource for mentees and mentors will be added shortly.

Testimonials

It was nice to see the industry from a different perspective, outside my own peers, and to be able to have conversations with higher-level professionals without the pressure of putting a polished foot forward.

Mentee, 2020 AME Mentorship Program

 “Participating in this program has shown me the importance of having mentors for career development and has taught me the value of making connections.”

Mentee, 2019 AME Mentorship Program

This is a great program and initiative by AME. Sometimes being a mentor is simply making the introduction to potential future employers and giving advice on first jobs.

Mentor, 2019 AME Mentorship Program

Virtual networking is indeed challenging but I think AME did a good job to connect via Zoom. The most valuable part for me was learning from my mentee.

Mentor, 2020 AME Mentorship Program

Mentee Eligibility

You could be a mentee if you:

  • Are an AME member
  • Are newly graduated
  • Are in the first 5-10 years of your career in the exploration industry
  • Recognize that mentoring is a valuable tool for professional development and growth
  • Are receptive to feedback and guidance from your mentor
  • Can be a proactive and enthusiastic participant in meetings with your mentor
  • Can commit to at least one hour a month for one-on-one meetings with your mentor

Time Commitment

The time commitment for this program is roughly two hours per month in addition to the mandatory events.

Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once a month but can meet more frequently if agreed between mentor and mentee. The length of the monthly meeting will be at their discretion.

Communication

AME’s main form of communication will be by email. Other forms of communication, such as Slack or Discord, may also be used. All participants will be notified of new items as they are added. Please be sure to keep your email up to date with the program administrators.

*While all efforts are made to create matches that will be fulfilling for all participants, a mentorship match may turn out to not be a good fit. In that case, participants are asked to report the match to the Program Administrator so that consideration can be given to creating a more suitable match. 

Program Evaluation

In April and May 2022, Program Administrators will reach out to participants for feedback and ensure that the program is running smoothly. We encourage all participants to contact the Program Administrator at any time to share their experience and feedback.

At the beginning of September 2022, a survey will be sent out to all mentees and mentors for them to evaluate the program. We will be gathering information from participants on how well the AME Mentorship Program met their expectations and goals as well as the overall experience of the program. This will help shape the program for the next round of participants.  The deadline for submission of this survey is September 30, 2022.

It is mandatory to complete the survey in September and to participate in the program evaluation by making yourself available to speak to a Program Administrator in April/May.

AME is Here to Support

AME is committed to providing a positive experience for all participants of the AME Mentorship Program.

We are here to assist with:

  • Monitoring, supervising, and supporting the match
  • Reporting
  • Concerns/Issues

All participants in the AME Mentorship Program are AME members and are matched by AME in good faith based on the criteria provided by both mentors and mentees. AME is not involved in the actual day-to-day mechanics of the mentorship relationship and each mentor/mentee pairing is free to work together to establish the goals of their mentorship experience, without interference by AME.

AME Program Administrator

The Mentorship Program is administered by:

Lindsay Wilson, Manager, Member and Sponsor Relations [email protected]