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If you want to start your professional development for 2016 on the right note, then applying to join the IACC Mentoring program may be the right move for you.

Th 2016 IACC Mentoring Program will be a national program to reflect the demand for participation right across the country. With so many professionals now working beyond traditional city boundaries, this will present a fantastic opportunity for members to build their networks locally, nationally and internationally through their participation.

Applications to participate in the 2016 program as a mentor are open now and can be submitted via the link below. Mentee applications will be accepted from 19th October until 13th November 2015 via the website.


What is Mentoring?


Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else.

Mentoring is a concept that has taken off in recent years. As one-to-one developmental assistance has become more popular, the term mentoring and coaching have come to be used as catch-all descriptors’ for which there are no universally agreed definitions.


Benefits of the program


For Mentors


The main focus of the program is to assist the mentees personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge the mentor has learned through years of experience. However, the mentor can still gain from the experience. Some of the key benefits include;

  • Strengthening of coaching and leadership skills
  • Gaining the satisfaction of providing wisdom and experience to the next generation of young professionals
  • Increasing self-esteem, self- confidence and affirmation of professional competence
  • Exposure to diverse thoughts, styles, personalities, and cultures through interaction with a younger generation
  • Network with other mentors in peer organisations

 

For Mentees

  • Increased confidence
  • Improved networking skills
  • Improved productivity, performance and results
  • Assistance in thinking ‘out of the box’ to derive solutions for potential problems
  • Improved leadership and management skills
  • Broader business perspectives
  • Access to a Mentor that has agreed to volunteer their time and expertise

At this time last year I was feeling lost in my career and was starting to feel a little down. However, once I got onto the IACC Mentoring Program things started to change for the better. My mentor has been great. He used his wealth of knowledge and experience to help guide me into thinking out my goals and aspirations in order to figure out where I really wanted to go in my career and life.

Eight months later and I am in a new role which I absolutely love. I'm working for Irish food and drink companies here in Australia and while also doing a masters degree. I would recommend this program to any Mentee who is at crossroads in their career, or feeling a little stuck like I was. I would also recommend it to any mentor who would like to take the fulfillment from sharing their experience by giving back to a mentee who will no doubt be as grateful as I am. My participation on the program has really made a huge positive difference in my life.

Martin Lynch - Marketing Adviser Australia
Bord Bia (Representing Teeling Whiskey Company, Taste Ireland, and Flahavans Oats)

Over the past year I have had the benefit of participating in the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce mentoring program. At the beginning of the program I felt that I had a lot to offer my industry but I wasn’t quite sure how to take my career and industry interaction to the next level. I was fortunate enough to be paired with an outstanding mentor who instilled the confidence in me and challenged me to reach my potential. I learned how to think strategically and was able to bounce ideas off a great sounding board.

Fast forward a year and in that time I have been appointed to two state boards on sustainability in the property and construction industry, have had the most successful year of my masters program and have been recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia as their inaugural “Future Green Leaders” award recipient for young professionals contribution to sustainability.

The IACC have created a fantastic opportunity for young people in Australia to benefit from the experience of senior industry leaders. I could not recommend the program enough and I encourage every young person to give it a go. Everything you put into it will come back tenfold!

Rory Martin - National Sustainability Leader
dwp|suters

How does the program work?


The main IACC Mentoring Program runs over a 9 month period. Applicants are required to complete an online application form, which will be given to state based mentoring committees who then match mentors and mentees.

An orientation evening will be conducted once mentors and mentees have been matched. The session provides an overview of the structure of the program, the roles and responsibilities of mentors/mentees and allows for networking. The session also gives the matched pairs the chance to meet face to face and determine a schedule to suit for further communication and meetings.

Mentors and mentees are responsible for ongoing contact, with organisation of these meetings being the responsibility of the mentee. The format of the relationship will be determined by the pair and may include e-mail, Skype, phone or face-to-face meetings.


Who can be involved?


We want to hear from:

Early to mid-career professionals looking for:

  • Career guidance
  • An understanding of how business works in Australia
  • Impartial business advice from someone with your best interests at heart

Senior business people interested in:

  • Helping develop talented individuals within the IACC network
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise with younger members


What is the cost to Mentees?


All current financial IACC members can apply to participate as mentees in the business mentoring program. Mentors need not be Chamber members. As the program will run until the end of October 2016, all mentees must maintain their membership in good standing over the life of the program. A processing fee of $200 + GST is payable on successfully receiving a place as a mentee on the program.

 

FAQs, Troubleshooting Tips & Further Information


FAQs and Troubleshooting Tips can be viewed here or for more information about the IACC Mentoring Program, please contact Lisa, our Mentoring Program Co-ordinator at lisa@irishchamber.com.au