WASMA 2022 Mentoring Program

Now at the end of its third year, WASMA’s Mentoring Program continues to achieve outstanding results through offering invaluable opportunities for mentees and mentors in the resources industry. The program gives those starting out in their careers access to more experienced professionals who are keen to give back and support them on their professional journey.

Below are just a few responses from participants in the 2022 program as well as a Q&A with mentee Pia Bathgate.


“He was an excellent match to my needs for a mentor and he helped a great deal in in my career development!” – Mentee


“My mentee is a quick learner and is engaging really well. He is driving his career himself, and is eager to hear my perspective on things – before making his own decisions. It’s a pleasure to chat to him, and he has a great manner – very personable.” – Mentor


2 Minutes with Pia Bathgate
Graduate Environment – Biodiversity & Land Management Mentee
WASMA Mentoring Program Mentee Pia Bathgate

Going into the program, what did you hope to get out of it? Are you on track to accomplish your goals?

I was hoping to gain insight into what a ‘typical’ career pathway in the mining industry looked like. This would include advice on what soft and technical skills I should develop, the kind of connections I should foster, my relationship with site and office work, timelines of target-setting and job-hopping.

What do you think the ‘secret’ is to a good mentoring relationship?

Breaking down the ultra-professional and closed barriers in most working relationships.
You should be able to communicate with your mentor without fear of embarrassment, failure or rebuke.
A good mentor is someone that provides a place to express concerns or problems that cannot perhaps be raised in your workplace. This means being open about mistakes, fears and problems.

What tips or advice would you like to share with those new to mentoring?

Get to know your mentor- learn about their career pathway, their future goals and ambitions, the mistakes they have made, and how they perceive excellence in the mining industry. This will help you to learn the different perspectives and opportunities that you will face in the industry. I also think that both mentors and mentees should be aware that there is always something to be learned from someone in the industry, regardless of their position. Leverage the differences in roles, positions and companies in order to broaden your own thoughts around challenges and opportunities in your career and position.

For example, I am a Biodiversity and Land Environmental Analyst, and was partnered with the CEO of a Guinean gold mine. I used my mentor to deepen my understanding of how upper management and non-environmental personnel perceive ESG issues, how to better persuade management to my agenda, and what an effective sustainability officer looks like.

Author: WASMA

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