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International House
A COSMOPOLITAN COLLEGE WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

Alumni Mentoring Programs


 

Mentoring To Help You Grow To Your Potential 


  • Mentor

  • Mentee (Current Resident)


International House Mentoring Program

 

“We help people Grow”

 

What is Mentoring?

 

A mentoring relationship is usually where one wiser and more experienced person assists another person to grow and learn. It is not a new management technique. Since humans have lived in social groups we have learnt out norms, values and behaviours by the example and coaching of others.

 

The business world has adopted the tradition of an older and wiser person fostering the growth and development of the younger generation. This has sometimes resulted in perpetuation of old ways at the expense of diversity and development. However, new adaptations of mentoring allowing individuals to interact as colleagues in a helping relationship, on a more equal basis, can cultivate growth and learning to mutual benefit.

 

Experience, skills and a genuine desire to help are more valuable assets in a mentoring relationship than age or position. Open and assertive communication and the trust of both parties are essential.

 

Both partners in the mentoring relationship benefit. Learning must be a lifelong process and one of the most effective ways to learn is to assist in the development of others. The best teachers learn much from their students, counsellors constantly learn from clients and partners in any successful relationship grow and develop along the way.

 

Help mentoring, by formally or informally providing an environment where mentoring is regarded favourably, self-development is encouraged and it is acceptable to take time for the mentoring activity.

 

Benefits to the International House


  
  • Increase in morale and motivation of residents/ students
  • Discovery of talent
  • Development of leadership for future survival and prosperity
  • Communication of values, goals and plans
  • Demonstration of personal and professional standards
  • Achievement of excellence in a profession or industry
  • Fostering of shared values and team work
  • Building a learning organisation
  • Managed careers
  • Development of cross-organisational networks

 

Benefits to the Mentor


 

  
  • Obtain a greater understanding of the barriers experienced at lower levels of the profession industry
  • Enhance their own skills in coaching, counselling,
  • listening and modelling
  • The sense of being needed and recognised professionally
  • Develop and practise a more personal style of leadership
  • Gain additional recognition and respect
  • Learn new perspectives and approaches
  • Contribute something to others in the college
  • Extend professional networks
  • Demonstrate expertise and share knowledge  

 

 

Why the college implements mentoring programs


Purposes for mentoring programs include

 

  
  • Induction, to help new students/ residents under or post graduates settle into the college
  • Skills Enhancement, to enable skills to be passed on in the workplace by experienced, highly competent people to others who need to acquire specified skills;
  • Career Development, to help resident/ students in the planning, development and management of their careers and to help them become more resilient in times of change, more self-reliant in their careers and self-directed learner;
  • Leadership and Management Development, to encourage the development of competencies more easily gained through example, guided practice or experience than by education and training;
  • Education Support, to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Formal education or training is complemented by the knowledge and the hands-on experience of a competent practitioner;
  • Organisational Development and Culture Change, to share the values, vision and mission of the college. To communicate and work on a one-to-one basis to develop required changes; and
  • Customer Service, to model desired behaviours, encourage the development of competencies, motivate for service quality, and above all to cultivate the right attitudes.

International House Mentoring Program

 

"We help people Grow”

 

What is Mentoring?

  

A mentoring relationship is usually where one wiser and more experienced person assists another person to grow and learn. It is not a new management technique. Since humans have lived in social groups we have learnt out norms, values and behaviours by the example and coaching of others.

 

The business world has adopted the tradition of an older and wiser person fostering the growth and development of the younger generation. This has sometimes resulted in perpetuation of old ways at the expense of diversity and development. However, new adaptations of mentoring allowing individuals to interact as colleagues in a helping relationship, on a more equal basis, can cultivate growth and learning to mutual benefit.

 

Experience, skills and a genuine desire to help are more valuable assets in a mentoring relationship than age or position. Open and assertive communication and the trust of both parties are essential.

 

Both partners in the mentoring relationship benefit. Learning must be a lifelong process and one of the most effective ways to learn is to assist in the development of others. The best teachers learn much from their students, counsellors constantly learn from clients and partners in any successful relationship grow and develop along the way.

 

Help mentoring


 By formally or informally providing an environment where mentoring is regarded favourably, self-development is encouraged and it is acceptable to take time for the mentoring activity.

 

Benefits to the International House

  
  • Increase in morale and motivation of residents/ students
  • Discovery of talent
  • Development of leadership for future survival and prosperity
  • Communication of values, goals and plans
  • Demonstration of personal and professional standards
  • Achievement of excellence in a profession or industry
  • Fostering of shared values and team work
  • Building a learning organisation
  • Managed careers
  • Development of cross-organisational networks


Benefits to Mentee

  
  • Development of potential and knowledge about the profession/ industry
  • Flexibility – Mentoree negotiate with their mentors to work within available time and other commitments
  • Complements ongoing formal study and/ or training and development activities
  • Leads to career mobility and more opportunities as a result of the mentor relationship
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Receive encouragement and support to achieve goals
  • Develop new networks
  • Develop new and/ or different perspectives
  • Get assistance with ideas
  • Demonstrate strengths and explore potential
  • Develop visibility within or outside the college
  • Be challenged to use talents and share expertise



To join the Mentoring Program conatct John Braithwaite (Alumni & Development Officer) on +61 7 3721 2485 or email ihalumni@inthouse.uq.edu.au