Inspire : Public Works Mar Apr 2015
35 IPWEA will launch its new Mentor Match program in May 2015. The program will help members ﬁnd their own Mr Miyagi by pairing individuals on the basis of their answers to a series of questions. IPWEA members are invited to sign up today to be a mentor or mentee. As The Karate Kid proved, the beneﬁts for both sides can be huge (see box on right). Research from Clutterbuck Associates reveals that training both mentors and mentees, and educating line managers, about the program can push the success rate of a mentorship above 90 per cent, with both sides reporting substantial gains. With this in mind, once assigned a partner, mentors and mentees will be given an induction and training on how to get the most from the relationship. Pairs are encouraged to meet at least once a month over the course of the seven-month program. Mentors will also be given a chance to meet with organisers and other mentors halfway through the program, and again at the end, to give feedback and share experiences. Mentees, meanwhile, gain access to people who can help them develop professionally. As the movie’s power song theme tune says, mentoring can help mentors and mentees be ‘the best ... around’. FIND YOUR PERFECT MATCH IPWEA's new Mentor Match program offers mentors and mentees the chance to rapidly expand their skills base and networks. MENTORING WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME? MENTORING CAN BENEFIT THE MENTOR AS MUCH AS THE MENTEE. PWPRO FINDS OUT WHAT BENEFITS INDIVIDUALS CAN REAP ON BOTH SIDES OF THE MENTORING RELATIONSHIP. WHY BECOME A MENTEE? • Explore issues and concerns in a conﬁdential and supportive relationship. • Learn from the real-life experiences of others. • Exposure to new, and ofen more senior, members of your industry. • Explore your career development plans, with guidance to make appropriate choices. • Learn about eﬀective networking. • Become more comfortable dealing with people of di erent backgrounds, experience and authority. • Gain guidance in managing diﬃcult relationships and interpreting feedback from others. • Develop greater conﬁdence, personally and within your profession. WHY BECOME A MENTOR? • Gain personal satisfaction by making a diﬀerence to someone else. • Increase your proﬁle and your professional networks. • Learn and develop mentoring skills and enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills. • Find fresh intellectual challenges by working on issues outside of your day-to-day experience. • Find reﬂective space in a hectic daily schedule. • Sharpen your listening skills. • Discover fresh perspectives that may assist with your own work. INTERESTED IN BEING A MENTOR OR MENTEE? For more info email email@example.com or call +612 8267 3001 DOITONOUR ONLINE FORUMS: Visit goo.gl/tzxzuc to discuss this article. MORE TO ADD?
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