New mentoring program for airport professionals

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The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has launched a new mentoring program to help support professional growth and development within the industry.

The AAA Mentoring Program 2019, which is facilitated by specialists The Art of Mentoring, will pair airport professionals with experienced mentors.

According to AAA chief executive officer Caroline Wilkie, the program has been specifically designed to build leadership capacity and contribute to the future success of the industry.

“For airports to thrive, they need great leadership, and the AAA Mentoring Program will prepare aspiring leaders to achieve their career goals,” said Wilkie. “As well as benefitting mentees, it offers mentors the chance to contribute to the profession and further develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.”

The program was launched by Peter Pallot, mentoring program chair and former CEO of Sunshine Coast Airport.

“As we journey through our careers, there comes a time where we might have an opportunity to stretch ourselves to become the best we can,” Pallot said. “This journey doesn’t have to be taken alone.

“As a mentor you will have the privilege of building a relationship, sharing experiences and learnings with another passionate colleague and earning the satisfaction knowing you are helping build resilience and talent in our industry.

“As a mentee you will have the opportunity to work with a talented and experienced airport professional to help guide you in achieving your goals by sharing experience, wisdom and technical expertise.”

The AAA Mentoring Program is a 12-month program, from July 2019 to July 2020. There is no charge, but mentees must work at an airport within Australia that is a member of the AAA.

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