Program Summary

PATHWAYS is a co-collaboration between CAUSINDY and the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) that matches young Australians and Indonesian members of AIYA with experienced professionals. The aim is to carve a pathway for the next generation to develop the skills they need to build their desired careers in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship.

​CAUSINDY and AIYA matches mentors and mentees based on shared interests, professional background and areas of expertise. Our team also provide each pairing with advice and resources to help them get the most from the mentoring relationship during the course of the program.​

Each round of the program consists of a series of virtual meetings between mentor and mentee held across the space of six months. The participants’ commitment is flexible and can be tailored to suit their availability and interests. The PATHWAYS team is available to provide advice and support at each step.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is currently designed to be conducted entirely online, but we will consider expanding to in-person meetings in the future.

Who is eligible?

Mentors must:

  • Have extensive experience in their professional field suitable for becoming a mentor;
  • Be able to commit to virtual meetings as agreed with their respective mentee and attend events during the course of the six-month program;
  • Be willing to invest in the mentee’s personal growth and professional development; and
  • Have a strong passion for strengthening Australia-Indonesia relations.

Mentees must:

  • Be a ​current AIYA member​;
  • Be a current or recent or higher education student/graduate, job seeker or young professional in the early stages of their career;
  • Have identified specific personal or professional goals and are willing to commit to the guidance of a mentor to help them achieve those goals;
  • Be able to commit to virtual meetings as agreed with their mentor and attend events from during the course of the six-month program; and
  • Have a strong passion for strengthening Australia-Indonesia relations.

Program Structure and Objectives

A program structure document is provided to both mentors and mentees. This outlines a new theme or topic to focus each month to enrich the one-on-one mentoring experience. Participants are not obligated to use this structure if they do not wish or if they want to structure their own mentoring sessions.

In addition to one-on-one mentoring sessions, the PATHWAYS team organises virtual networking events that feature a handul of industry experts, who share insights about their topic of expertise and facilitate discussion between participants.

The PATHWAYS committee distributes materials in the first week of each month during the program. Mentors and mentees will be granted access to the ​online mentoring platform​ where they can access mentoring materials, communicate and network with each other, create personal profiles, discuss relevant topics, and so on.

The main objectives of the PATHWAYS program are that mentors and mentees will:

  1. Develop communication, planning, interpersonal and reflexive skills;
  2. Provide information and learn more about sectors where they have previously worked or aspire to work;
  3. Improve their abilities and share knowledge through offline and online networking;
  4. Support and encourage each other in the development of leadership competencies;
  5. Use the mentoring platform to generate active discussion about recent developments in the bilateral space;
  6. Exchange ideas about the future of the relationship between Indonesia and Australia; and
  7. Build a sustainable and long-term professional mentoring relationship.