Water Journal : Water Journal August 2013
WATER AUGUST 2013 34 AWA News YWP Mid-Year Catch-Up As part of the 2013 Mentoring Program, the Queensland YWPs hosted a Mid-Year Catch Up Event at the Ship Inn on 20 June. It was with much pleasure that we were able to have Dr Brian McIntosh from the International Water Centre (IWC) facilitate the event once again. Prior to the event, the Mentoring Program participants lled out a survey to determine some of the major challenges faced by the mentoring pairs so far. Surprisingly, many of the pairs had similar problems that centred around how to make more effective use of the mentoring relationship, so many of the activities were tailored to address these issues. On the evening, it was great to see a number of returning pairs from the launch who were committed to keeping a strong mentoring relationship. The event began with a short presentation from Mark Pascoe, CEO of the IWC, on his experiences with previous mentoring relationships. Mark had many wise words for our young water professionals, but also provided some insight on how mentors should handle mentee questions. Mark said that the best piece of advice he had received in his career from a mentor was his mentor's con dence in his abilities to handle not only his own work, but that of a higher ranking position. Following Mark's presentation, Dr McIntosh had everyone thinking outside the box with an ice-breaker game that used the letters from each person on the table's name to come up with words to describe their mentors. People came up with some very creative words such as 'earthy', 'calming' and 'umbrella', while others were able to string together aptly descriptive words such as 'leader', 'wise' and 'management'. Continuing the fun, the group then participated in a 'speed dating' type exercise sharing top mentoring tips. It was a fun and dynamic exercise (quite a physical one, too!) and by the end everyone was brimming with ideas on how to take their mentoring relationship to the next level. This was followed by a consolidated discussion on how to put the advice into practical use. Here are the top tips that were shared on the night: 1. Set up regular meetings and over-schedule to take into account cancellations. Regular meetings can help to build trust and get to know each other more. 2. Mentees need to be engaged with their mentor's career too. Show mutual interest. 3. Come up with a list of actions. This need not be limited to actions for mentees only. To wrap things up, two mentees were picked as winners to receive a free ticket each to the AWA Gala Dinner for their fantastic suggestions on how to improve the Mentoring Program. Congratulations to Nigel Garson and Paul Viskovich. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr McIntosh for his time; Mark Pascoe for his generous advice; and the IWC for their continuing support in the Mentoring Program. Call 1300 735 123 to find out more about our data supply & lease to buy options Stormwater, Sewer & Trade Waste / Wastewater & Re-Use / Rivers, Reservoirs & Organics / Com::pass feed forward coagulation control $15,000 2012 TECHNOLOGY AWARD WINNER HET INSTRUMENT EXHIBITION FROM This miniature multi-parameter spectrophotometer probe provides a cost effective solution -- from simple applications to integrated monitoring across water distribution networks. It can be directly mounted into pressurised mains without any pre-filtration. The i:: scan range provides key parameters - Turbidity, TOC, Colour, UV254, TSS, COD. i::scan WATER QUALITY MONITORING STATION PRECISE & ROBUST • NO REAGENTS OR CONSUMABLES NEW eliminate the guesswork Mark Pascoe (left) and Dr Brian McIntosh (right) address questions from the crowd. Sarah Schroeder, Mentoring Program coordinator, welcomes everyone to the evening.
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