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Have you ever had a mentor during your career?
Chances are that you haven’t, or at least not officially anyway. Whilst we’ve all had people that have offered us advice or guidance along the way, it’s only relatively recently that officially designating someone a ‘mentor’ has been a ‘thing’.
Before I continue, the reason I’m here is to ask for your help – yes, you! – in finding a particular someone for whom a unique opportunity exists.
It has been eleven years since Penny Spencer founded TIME – the Travel Industry Mentor Experience for anyone new to the industry – and since then almost 350 mentees of all ages and types have graduated from the program. Their mentors have made a positive impact not simply on their travel careers but, in so many cases, on their entire outlook on life itself.
Of those 350 a good number were scholarships funded by generous industry companies and in some cases by kind-hearted individuals, and applications for these are always popular.
But a new, groundbreaking scholarship is currently on offer that is going to need the wider travel community to help locate the right person.
It will be funded by Cocky Guides, a social enterprise that provides multi-sensory adventures for the blind and low-vision community as well as dedicated tours with an interpreter for deaf travellers or those that sign.
This unique scholarship is aimed squarely and exclusively at somebody in travel who either has a disability themselves or who can demonstrate a passion for advancing accessible travel within the industry.
And here’s where TIME needs help. You are probably reading this thinking that you don’t know anyone suitable yourself, and so aside from requesting you ‘ask around’ I’d also be delighted if you’d put social media to a good use by ‘liking’ or even re-sharing a post I’ve made on this subject on LinkedIn this morning. By doing so you’ll help expand its reach and boost its chances of being seen by a special someone. That post is HERE.
Having a little experience in this area myself, the potential mentee may need a little cajoling into finding out more. In their own time they’re welcome to contact Marie at TIME via [email protected] or via phone on 02 8411 1506 , or indeed contact one of us on the committee. Applications are closing at the end of May.
This scholarship could be something magical for someone, but we need to find them! I hope you’ll help spread the word.