The 2018 Young Water Professionals Mentoring Program has officially commenced!

Posted 21 June 2018

MentoringThe 2018 QLD YWP Mentoring Program was launched on the 21 April at the SMEC office in Fortitude Valley. There were 29 matches made between mentors and mentees from around the state. 

The night started with some nibbles and drinks, followed by an engaging presentation from James Alderton, Director of Bamboo Bridge. James delved into the different ways in which people work and communicate and how these impact professional and mentoring relationships. He drew on his own experiences and detailed how mentees could establish clear accountable goals. His presentation ensured everyone had somewhere to start. 

Paired mentors and mentees had matching symbols on their tags. They were put to task finding each other in the crowd. After some buzz, plenty of laughs and some sneak peaks at the matching sheet, the pairs met for the first time. 

There were plenty of new and returning mentors stepping up to guide new members of the water industry. Their leadership and guidance will no doubt be an asset to the future of Australia’s water sector. 

The launch event would not have been possible without Thakshila Balasuriya, Alex Wise and Jane Stokeld. As volunteers for the QLD YWP committee they organised the launch event and continue to coordinate this year’s program. A huge thank you also goes out to Xylem for their generous sponsorship. We would also like to thank SMEC who provided the venue and valuable assistance for the night.

Best of luck to everyone participating in this year’s program! 

If you couldn’t make it on the night or you’re looking for guidance for your mentoring relationship, check out the YWP program site for some handy info.