When a PhD student and an industry leader sit down together to talk, everyone’s a winner.
That’s the philosophy behind the Academy’s Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS), which operates across Australia.
PhD students get the chance to increase their understanding of an industry, strengthen the interpersonal skills needed to be successful anywhere in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine sector, and extend their professional network.
Industry mentors are all volunteers generously sharing their time and expertise. “Some people ask why busy leaders should take part,” says IMNIS Executive Director, Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea.
“But leaders gain, too – they get to engage with early career researchers at the cutting edge of their field, and give back to the STEM community.”
IMNIS mentoring programs run for one year, with mentors and mentees meeting in a professional setting for one hour each month. State-level networking events hosted by IMNIS allow industry mentors and mentees to connect more broadly.