CFO and former Mentee
When I joined the FEI mentoring program I had recently taken a position as a general manager in a new organisation. It was the first experience I had reporting directly to ASX listed boards and audit and risk committees, as well as being increasingly involved at the executive leadership team level. The FEI program helped me to step into this broader and challenging role with confidence and presence.
During the program, my employment situation changed, and my mentor was a fantastic guide as I transitioned into my first CFO role. The program provided me with the support to strategically approach my career and has helped drive the professional development direction that I have since taken.
My mentor was a fantastic match and we shared many common experiences. She was highly skilled at helping me delve into the deeper issues rather than the superficial 'problem'. I am immensely grateful for the valuable time and insights my mentor shared with me as a very senior executive experienced in my field.
The FEI program is a unique opportunity and was one of the most valuable development opportunities in my career. I grew personally and professionally, and my mentor has had an inspiring and lasting impact on my career. As with any development program, you only get out of it what you put in and my advice to new mentees is to dedicate the time to prepare and to consolidate the learnings from the program. I look forward to the opportunity of being able to give back to others and hope that I can also be a positive influence in their careers.
Group Financial Controller and former PAVE Mentee
I joined FEI at a point in my career where my role had become BAU and, as someone who always aspires to higher goals, I wanted to understand my 'what’s next?' and to explore how others build on their careers at this point. Hearing from likeminded people was something that I was looking forward to.
My Mentor's success stories were really valuable. Through open and honest conversations I learnt a lot about stretching and challenging myself, especially how important it is to invest in networking.
With the FEI program I was able to dedicate time to assess where I am in my career and articulate what I want to focus on for my personal development. I felt comfortable sharing my thoughts and perspectives. The program is not always about making the next big move - for me, it was about exploring where I see myself on my professional journey. The opportunity for reflection was so valuable in the context of a busy daily 'to do' list.