Mentor Expression of Interest 2021
“Commercial in Confidence”
Overview of Travel Industry Mentor Experience – TIME
The purpose and vision of TIME is:
“To provide knowledge, guidance and advice to aspiring individuals within the Travel and Tourism industry allowing them to advance and grow their career.”
Targeting aspiring, individuals who have one year or more experience in the travel and tourism industry, the aim of TIME is to offer development guidance, business skills and support sessions within a formal mentoring and peer collaboration environment.
Research tells us that the best employees are attracted to and stay within an industry, company or organisation that offers them career development.
By inviting the best and brightest to envision the work or job they would love to be doing and providing guidance, knowledge and expertise from an experienced mentor, TIME is instrumental in helping them achieve that advancement.
The TIME programme has become embedded in the development plans of many of Australia’s largest travel companies and has successfully graduated over 280 mentees since 2009.
Why be a Mentor?
Mentoring is a relationship which gives people the opportunity to share their professional and personal skills and experiences in a structured and professional way.
You’ll be surprised at how much you, as a mentor, will gain from the experience.
- You have the potential to change someone’s life
- You will help support valuable talent to stay within the travel industry
- It can reinforce the business and life lessons you’ve learnt
- It can connect you with other areas of the industry
- It helps set the tone for a collaborative and supportive travel industry
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” Benjamin Disraeli.
The TIME programme offers a one to one relationship based on encouragement, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share.
One of the keys to successful mentoring is matching the mentee with a mentor who has the relevant skills and experience to meet the needs and objectives of the mentee.
To assist in this process, we ask that prospective mentors complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form for review and approval by the TIME Matching Committee.
Mentees are then matched with a suitable mentor, based on the criteria contained in these EOI Forms, (completed by both mentee and mentor), the mentee’s programme objectives and the mentor’s skill set and experience. As suitable mentors are found for each mentee, the mentors are contacted to ensure they’re available for the relevant intake.
All participants, mentors and mentees will be contacted to ensure they feel comfortable with their match. The Programme Coordinator (Secretariat) will be available throughout the programme to assist both mentors and mentees.
Programme Length and Inclusions:
- A 6 month programme;
- 12 sessions/meetings of approximately 2 hours duration;
- Time and place of meeting to be mutually agreed between mentee and mentor’
- Meetings can by held face to face, online, by Telephone or email
- Networking evenings with guest speakers;
Induction Workshop and First Meeting (2 hours)
The first meeting is an important meeting where mentors and mentees get to know the background of each other and discuss how best to work together.
The mentee will complete a NICE analysis document, outlining their strengths and weaknesses in various business and management skills. This will be sent to the mentor prior to the first meeting and will provide some or all of the framework to establish programme objectives for the mentee.
Final Meeting and Graduation:
Your final meeting, held before the Graduation ceremony, will review the objectives and achievements of the previous sessions.
The Graduation Evening provides congratulation and recognition for both mentees and mentors at the conclusion of their programme through:
- 2-3 minute speech by each mentee;
- Presentation of certificates;
TIME may elect from time to time to hold Graduation Evenings as an online function. Mentors and Mentees will be advised in advance of the date of the Function.
Graduation Ceremonies and Networking Evenings 2021
New mentees will be inducted into the programme during the year but will graduate at one of the four Graduation Ceremonies held during the year.
The number of Intakes held during the year will not be less than four, however will be determined by the demand of mentees.
Programme Number Intake Dates: Graduation dates:
Programme 35,36, 37 & 38 Delayed due to Covid 21 April 2021
Programme 39 4 October 2020 27 October 2021
Programme 40 17 February 2021 27 October 2021
Programme 41 21 April 2021 ` 27 October 2021
Programme 42 23 June 2021 April 2022
Programme 43 8 September 2021 April 2022
Programme 44 27 October 2021 TBA
Networking and Graduation Events 2021
17 February 2021
21 April 2021
23 June 2021
08 September 2021
27 October 2021
TIME Conditions and Requirements
TIME invites all mentors to attend Networking evenings, however it is not a requirement. – except for the Induction and Graduation Evenings
These maybe held as an online function
All prospective Mentees and Mentors must attend their Induction workshop prior to commencing on the Programme
Induction Workshops will be held either Face to Face or Online. All attendees will be notified in advance of the mode of workshop.
Airfares & Accommodation for Interstate Mentors
The cost of airfares and accommodation for interstate mentors will be borne by the mentor
Some out of pocket expenses will be incurred during the length of the programme and these are to be borne by the mentor.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is essential to enable the mentee to be open and ensure the kind of genuine relationship necessary for success. Both mentor and mentee sign a Confidentiality Agreement before programme commencement. Confidentiality ground rules are that nothing can be discussed outside the relationship without the other party’s agreement (aside from legal obligations). A code of practice for mentoring will also be made available.
Are mentors paid?
The role of the mentor is voluntary however by mentors showcasing and sharing their entrepreneurial experience, mentors will find this an invaluable experience – which will provide many unexpected gains personally and in business.
Will I be matched immediately following acceptance as a mentor?
As one of the keys to the success of TIME has been the matching of mentees with the “right” mentor, you may not be asked to mentor until the right mentee match enters the programme.
What if I am asked to mentor but my changes to my commitments won’t allow the time?
The Programme Coordinator will check your availability with you before matches are finalised.
Will I be matched with a mentee in my city?
Whilst the committee will endeavour to match a mentee with a mentor in the same town or city it is not always possible due to the requirements of the mentee and the specific expertise of the relevant mentor. This will be discussed with each party prior to finalising the mentorship.
Options for Mentoring are Face to Face Online or a Hybrid version with a combination of online and Face to Face
Unless indicated by a mentor that his/her preference is for face to face mentoring matching of Mentors with Mentees in another state will not be considered by the matching Committee
What happens after the mentoring pairs are matched and each party advised?
There will be a formal induction (per listed “Intake Dates”). This is preceded by an initial workshop and meeting with your mentee. The formal conclusion of the relationship will be after six months. Informal extension of the relationship is up to both the mentee and mentor.
What if a mentoring relationship doesn’t work out?
To date, TIME has been extremely successful in matching mentees and mentors, however, we do understand that not all relationships will necessarily be successful. If a mentor or mentee wishes to end the relationship prior to the formal conclusion of the programme, the Programme Coordinator will seek feedback to assist in reassignment where relevant.
What’s the difference between mentoring & coaching?
While coaching and mentoring share a range of techniques, mentoring provides career guidance and longer-term support, as opposed to the relatively short-term and performance-related purpose of coaching. They are synergistic and complementary.
What’s the role of a mentor versus a manager?
Mentoring is not intended to replace the role of the manager. Whilst the manager is responsible for setting work goals and ensuring they are achieved, the mentor focuses on overall career development support.
Airfares and Accommodation for Interstate Mentees
The cost of airfares and accommodation for interstate mentees will be borne by the mentee
Some out of pocket expenses will be incurred during the length of the programme and these are to be borne by the mentee.
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