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 our young members ("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 access to knowledge from other professions and disciplines.
- To support the continuous growth and development of mentees in their professional careers.
How does the program work?
The IACC Mentoring Program runs over an 8 month period and applicants are required to complete an online application form, which will be given to Chapter based independent selection committees who then match mentors and mentees.
Mentees are responsible for maintaining ongoing contact, 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.
Who can be involved?
We want to hear from:
Early to mid-career professionals looking for:
- Career guidance
- An understanding of how business works at a senior level
- 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