Are you in need of a little extra guidance and support right now? If you are, you are not alone, and thanks to TIME, you could be assigned your very own careers mentor in no time at all.
Mentors can come into our lives in many ways, often when we’re least expecting them.
But you can also seek out mentors through formal mentoring programs like The Travel Industry Mentor Program (TIME), if you feel like you need a little extra help and support.
TIME is an industry-specific program that draws on mentors from senior roles right across all sectors of the industry – including travel, tourism, airline, and hospitality.
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Current TIME mentees and past graduates have ongoing access to senior industry leaders through the program’s regular networking and workshop components.
Whilst COVID put a temporary halt to face-to-face networking, TIME continued to connect virtually and to provide practical support with a program of online workshops, that covered a range of topics including business skills and personal development.
Ben Ogden, Senior Events Manager at CWT Meetings and Events who started working with his TIME mentor in August 2020 says “Gaining clarity and focus have been some of the benefits of the program so far.”
Ben, who has worked in the travel industry for 10 years, will graduate from the program in 2021.
His advice to you is “Don’t let the process be overwhelming, you don’t have to know exactly what it is you want, it’s nice to have some idea and maybe an idea of how you want to get there, but the mentors they’re a great sounding board of advice because they’ve probably lived through it,”
He said, “They’re not going to steer the ship for you, but they will [be] a lighthouse” to guide you on your way through the fog.
“For me I’ve got the most value out of having clarity and being able to understand and compartmentalise goals”
Ben Ogden, Senior Events Manager at CWT Meetings and Events
Ben said that having a mentor through the pandemic is incredibly helpful.
“[Going] through this process having that sounding board or someone to help, not to ease your thoughts, but someone with that greater level of experience, that helps shape where you’re going to go to next.
“I often leave our two-hour session feeling quite inspired … sometimes it might be a bit overwhelming but I often walk away and think about it for quite a long time afterward and it just promotes the deeper thought
overall,” Ben adds.
Do you think you’d benefit from a Mentor?
TIME encourages ambitious travel, tourism, airline and hospitality professionals like Ben to apply in 2021.
The first intake in 2021 will be held on 17 February.
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