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Irish Chamber

Mentoring

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.

Goals of the IACC Mentoring Program

  • To create inter-generational links and bonds between established experienced Irish and Australian business professionals ("Mentors") and the emerging Irish Diaspora ("Mentees").
  • To provide an opportunity for Mentors to transfer their wisdom and experience to Mentees, empowering them to become future business leaders.
  • To give Mentees the opportunity to be supported in transition to a new location, sector or career level.
  • To give Mentees access to knowledge from other professions and disciplines.
  • To give Mentees the opportunity to play their part in supporting the community through Mentee "Giving Back" Projects which will develop your teamwork and project management skills while making a positive social impact.
  • To support the continuous growth and development of Mentees in their professional careers.

How does the Program work?

The IACC Mentoring Program, supported by the Irish Government and Grant Thornton, runs over an 8 month period. Applicants complete an online application form, which will be given to state based independent mentoring selection committees who then match Mentors and Mentees.   (Please note that applications for the 2017 program have now closed, for further enquires please contact admin@irishchamber.com.au)

Mentees for 2017 will have the opportunity to participate in a special Mentee "Giving Back" Project to deliver in each city which benefits the community who volunteer resources to make the program available to you. You will have the opportunity to build your skills in a business and peer-based team setting, with the recognition that goes alongside being someone who gives as well as takes. Your participation in the Mentee "Giving Back" Project for your city is a requirement of being accepted onto the program and the success of your fellow Mentees will depend on you being an effective team member.

Program fees for 2017 are still only $250 + GST, a fraction of what you would pay for similar programs in the commercial market. This is made possible primarily through the Mentors donating their time and expertise. When you meet your Mentor, be sure to thank them for their generosity!

Mentees are responsible for maintaining ongoing contact with their Mentor, with organisation of these meetings being the responsibility of the Mentee - this is really important and will be pivotal to your success. The format of the relationship will be determined by the pair and may include e-mail, Skype, phone or face-to-face meetings.

 

Mentee Application Checklist

  • Be a current financial (not Associate) Member of the Chamber (if you're not a current Member, click here to join, then log in as a member and you can see the Application Form)
  • Complete the Application Form to the best of your ability (remember that a prospective Mentor will see your full application and the better it is, the more likely they will accept you as a Mentee)
  • Think about your goals for being involved in the Program and be ready to articulate your "grand plan" to your prospective Mentor if an introduction is made. The more clearly you can present where you want to get to and why, the better placed they will be to help you go in that direction.
  • Don't book a six month trek in the Himalayas - you will need to ensure you make the time to actively participate in all aspects of the program, including your peer-based project.
  • Get ready for 2017 being a year when something great happens for your personal and professional development - and most of all, enjoy the experience!

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
  •     Support in entering a new field of work
  •     Impartial business advice from someone with your best interests at heart
  •     An opportunity to make a positive social impact in a peer-based business project

Senior business people interested in:

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

 

*Note:  Applications for the 2017 program are now closed, for further enquiries please contact us here:  admin@irishchamber.com.au

 

Testimonials

Michelle Dolan
Financial Planning & Analysis Manager
Toll Group
 

The IACC Mentoring Program has provided me the luxury of access to a selection of Australia's most experienced and accomplished Senior/Executive level professionals.

The program instills an openness amongst all the individuals involved. Throughout my three year involvement I've continually being taken aback by the Mentors' willingness to participate. Despite hectic schedules they have made themselves available, taken the time to really listen to my aspirations/issues, provided independent and honest feedback, as well as a few home truths! They have demonstrated humility, shared their own hard earned experience of success and faux pas with the ultimate goal of seeing their Mentee succeed.

This should be one of the priorities for any Irish Australian business professional, one which I value highly and each year the depth of the relationships I form here have become invaluable to me!

Rory Martin
Sustainability Manager - Residential
Frasers Property Australia
 

Over the past couple of years 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. Through the IACC I was fortunate enough to be paired with some outstanding Mentors 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 great sounding boards.

Fast forward to this year and in the time I’ve been mentored through the IACC program I have changed job to my dream role as the Sustainability Manager for the Residential portfolio of a large industry leading international developer. I have been appointed to several state and national committees on sustainability in the property and construction industry, have completed a masters of science in environmental design with distinction and have been recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia as their inaugural ‘Future Green Leader’ award recipient for young professionals’ contribution to sustainability.

Furthermore this year during the Mentoring Program I was team leader for the winning entry in the international design competition for the worlds most sustainable shopping centre, was listed as a finalist in the Dulux Study Tour competition (awarded to Australias 5 best emerging architects annually, winners TBC), commenced tutoring architecture and planning masters students at Melbourne University, completed my professional registration as an Architect and participated and contributed to approximately a dozen industry events, conferences and publications on sustainability in the built environment. This is all not to mention successfully participating in, and contributing to, the IACC Horizons peer mentoring group and being listed as a finalist in the inaugural IACC “Young Professional of the Year Award” in 2015.

Throughout all of these exciting events and fortunate outcomes I have had the solid support and guidance of industry experts through the Mentoring Program who have helped me carve my own journey as an individual in Australia and its fair to say that the outcomes may have been quite different were that support not there. 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!