From banking and venture capital executives to professional dancers and
wine importers; the Australian Chamber
of Commerce’s 30th anniversary Mentor Programme kicked off last night. With a long waiting list to get involved, the
programme offers a holistic approach to mentoring providing a structured approach
to sharing experiences. Over 60 people
were involved in what is effectively a speed dating exercise to choose their
preferred match. The event was
oversubscribed due to the highly acclaimed success of previous programme cycles
and has resulted in it being copied throughout the region.
Candidates have just 2 and a half minutes to sit down with each of the Mentors to ask questions and see if there is a connect . With the clinking of glasses to signal the time to swap, Participants are asked to look beyond just what mirrors them in a similar career and look at how they could work together to get positive feedback and build strong and constructive relationships.
After this initial process mentees are matched with mentors who then spend the next 9 months rotating through a series of professional development, executive sharing and social events all of which are tailored to create a learning and sharing environment matched with an opportunity for networking with Hong Kong’s most celebrated executives.
Australian Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Drew Waters commended the growing success of previous programme cycles and the extremely high caliber of applications who have volunteered for this latest programme. I am looking forward to the 2017 intake progressing with the assistance of Speak and the Generous support of the University of Wollongong.
Some mentee’s have gone on to become popular Mentors in the programme and there have even been situations where the Mentors have applied to become Mentees.
This very popular programme is now in its 5th year and is now proudly supported by the University of Wollongong Australia.
For further information on The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong or the AustCham UOW Mentor Programme please contact Drew Waters or Chloe Deng on +852 2522 5054