Mentoring for Early Career and Student Geoscientists

By Esther Harris (2017 AIG Mentoring Program Manager - WA & AIG WA State Committee) and Sophie Hancock (2017 AIG Mentoring Program Co-Leader & AIG WA State Committee)


On Halloween the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), celebrated the conclusion of our 2017 Mentor Program in WA with a dinner at CORE. At the end of our third year of running the program, we reflect on the growth of the participants this year, and on the maturing of the program as a whole.


Across the five-month program three formal events were delivered, and our cohort of 35 geoscience pairs engaged to share experiences typically meeting up monthly. Combining both formal and fun networking and community activities, the program is offered annually. It is a free to join development opportunity which runs with competitive selection due to its growing popularity.

In WA our closing event tradition has included informal sharing of experience, with invited speakers asked to address how mentors and mentoring have personally impacted their careers. For 2017 we were fortunate to receive the entertaining wisdom of Clayton Davy's, Exploration Manager for Gold Road Resources and Peta Libby, Managing Director for Digirock.

As a celebratory evening, our WA Mentoring Program Manager Esther Harris, presented mentors with certificates of thanks and the AIG mentoring lapel pin which is a compass. This is a symbol of what mentoring is: a career GPS helping young professionals and students gain and navigate new knowledge and insights in their area of geoscience interest. The value of a compass is that it defines one direction – north. All other directions can be determined and selected or rejected based on this knowledge.

Esther also thanked our 2017 WA sponsors Digirock and S2R, and national sponsors Gnomic and CSA Global, plus our WA supporters in kind Thinker Café/Tim Craske and Exploration Radio. The informal conversations continued over an excellent sit down dinner provided by Jai and Sommer of Tapasman catering.

Mentoring at AIG
For further information regarding the 2018 WA AIG mentoring program please visit the website to express your interest at:

Alternatively contact Esther Harris at or feel free to stop by and talk to Sophie in the CORE Skills team in the CORE co-working space.