Mentor Me is a structured one on one mentoring program designed to establish links between experienced professionals within the Illawarra and members of the JCI Illawarra chapter. The program aims to provide participants with guidance around their career journey, and foster opportunities for professional development.
Mentor Me partners participating JCI Illawarra members with local business leaders who act as mentors. Mentees share in the wealth of knowledge and experience their mentors possess, equipping them with the skills they need to thrive as young professionals and future leaders of the Illawarra community.
JCI Illawarra launched the inaugural annual Mentor Me program in 2014, and it is fast becoming recognised in the Illawarra community as a highly-valued experience for all participants – both mentors and mentees.
As soon as I saw JCI Illawarra launch the MentorMe program, I immediately jumped on board. Having the opportunity to have one on one time with an expert was the opportunity I needed for my career development at the time. The MentorMe program matched me with a mentor who specialised in an area where I wanted to build my skills and knowledge. He not only helped me formalise my goals and areas of growth, he introduced me to key people in his network and I still keep in contact with him. He was a mentor in the program, but his support of me still continues today. I recommend all young professionals to consider signing up to MentorMe.
MentorMe is a fantastic opportunity for not only mentees to learn and grow, but also for mentors to give back and share their wisdom. I have personally felt pride at the success of my mentees, and love it when I get feedback on how well things are going in their careers. I would highly recommend being a mentor to anyone who is genuine about helping to influence young people with talent to achieve their desires and positively influence their future career outcomes.