PACE mentees and mentors build awareness and confidence
Mon 18 December 2017
Photo: Mentees and mentors from the PACE completion event in Brisbane. Anticlockwise from L to R: Anthony and Josh with Jaclyn Ryan, Logan and Natasha, Deanna and Andrew, Maki and Katie, and Adrian and Jeff.
This month, we celebrated PACE Mentees and Mentors for completing the Australian Network on Disability (AND)'s spring program.
Events were held in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney to celebrate the 77 mentor and mentee matches who started the program in September.
Positive Action towards Career Engagement or PACE Mentoring connects job seekers with disability to mentors from leading Australian businesses.
Mentor, Gillian Little, Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) said “I found the experience rewarding. Contact with my mentee improved my awareness and appreciation for the additional trials faced by people with disability in looking for, and sustaining, employment. Landing a job is the single most confidence-building thing a person can do and for those with disability the challenges are magnified and often, invisible.”
For mentees the experience can support them to gain vital workplace experience, develop their skills and confidence, and expand their networks.
Mentee James who was paired with a mentor from the Office of National Assessments said “The program has supported my confidence during job interviews and in the way I approach job applications. I feel more equipped to highlight my strengths and experiences in my writing for job applications as a result of the program.”
Photo: Mentees and mentors from the PACE completion events in Sydney and Canberra.