How to Apply


Applications for the 2019-20 cycle of the Mentoring Programme will open on the summer 2019.

The application process includes:

  • attend one information session
  • complete and submit an online application

Shortlisted individuals will be invited to an in-person interview

Prior to submission of the application form, all prospective applicants MUST attend ONE of our upcoming Information Sessions to hear from our Mentoring Programme Alumni and Advisory Council on the benefits of the Programme curriculum, the commitment required of participants, and the selection and pairing process. 

The 2019-20 Information Session dates: 

Info Session #1 - July 16, 2019

Info Session #2 - Aug 15, 2019

Info Session #3 - Sep 2, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply? 

The Women’s Foundation Mentoring Programme caters for emerging and established women leaders who can demonstrate a strong commitment to the Programme, through actively engaging with their Mentor/Protégé and other Programme participants, attending in the Leadership Development workshops, providing regular feedback to TWF and 'paying it forward' by launching or supporting women's advancement initiatives within their organisations and industries. We select women from a diverse range of nationalities and cultures, industries and professional sectors and experiences, but whom all share common professional goals, a fierce commitment to the success of the Programme and developing a pipeline of women leaders. 

What is the selection criteria?

In selecting participants, The Women’s Foundation and the Mentoring Programme Advisory Council consider the following competencies and criteria:

  Essential Desirable
Mentor
  • Have a minimum of 15 years full-time work experience, with at least 5 years experience in a managerial position
  • ­Be motivated by a strong desire to see the next generation of women leaders achieve their full potential
  • Be able to allocate time to their Protégé on a regular basis
  • Have a clear understanding of roles of both Mentors and Protégés
  • Be an excellent listener
  • Have previous mentoring experience
  • Be able to identify specific skillsets or areas that they can offer to help a Protégé
  • Be commited to staying in Hong Kong
Protégé
  • Have a minimum of 5 years to 14 years full time work experience
  • Be open and eager to share and learn from others
  • Be highly motivated to improve themselves and to achieve professional success
  • Be committed to driving their mentoring relationship and attending the leadership development curriculum events
  • Be able to articulate their desired outcomes
  • Be open to feedback and learning
  • Managerial experience
  • Ability to identify achievable goals and action plan within the 12­-month journey of the Programme
  • Ability to identify areas that one looks for in a mentor
  • Previous work experience in Hong Kong and committed to staying in Hong Kong

 

What is the selection process?

The Information Sessions take place in July, August and September and attendance at one of the Information Sessions is mandatory for all applicants. To be eligible for the Programme and be considered for an interview, candidates are also required to complete and submit an online application form. The deadline for submitting the online application form will be dependent on the Information Session you attend and the final deadline will be in September. TWF and the Mentoring Programme Advisory Council will shortlist the applicants who are invited for a face-to-face interview. The 10 minute interviews will take place between September and October.

The face-to-face interview is the chance for applicants to compellingly convey their skills and experience, and outline how they would benefit from and contribute to the Mentoring Programme. Mentor and protégé applicants will be interviewed by two people for 10 minutes. To ensure a fair and objective interviewing process, all interviewers receive training on conducting interviews. 

What is the time commitment?

The success of the Programme is, in large part, thanks to the engagement and drive of the participants. Based on past experience, the participants who get most out of the Programme are those who whole-heartedly commit to, and invest time and energy in, the Programme and their mentoring relationship.

This is a one year programme, starting with Icebreakers in November 2019 to the graduation ceremony in August 2020. Candidates MUST be based in Hong Kong for at least the duration of the programme and should not apply if they anticipate having to be away for work or personal reasons for substantial periods of time during the year.

The Icebreaker sessions are an essential stage of the Programme where successful applicants connect with as many prospective mentors and protégés as possible to facilitate the pairing process. Both mentors and protégés are required to attend at least three of the four Icebreakers in November. We reserve the right to withdraw individuals from the Programme in the event that this requirement is not met.

Once the pairs have been announced, each mentoring pair is responsible for managing their own meetings with the onus on protégés to drive the engagement. We suggest that pairs meet at least once a month during the Programme. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring between pairs, TWF will also arrange group mentoring events, check-ins and peer panels where mentors and protégés can hear multiple perspectives and share peer-to-peer learnings. We also actively encourage participants to organise their own discussion groups and social events to expand their network and further support each other.

Throughout the Programme, TWF will organise one Leadership Development workshop per month. We expect both mentors and protégés to attend a minimum of 50% of the Leadership Group Sessions, with a suggested attendance of at least 75% of sessions.

What is an 'icebreaker'?

Before participants are paired up in December, TWF will hold a series of ice-breaker events in November to allow everyone an opportunity to meet and identify their respective Mentor or Protégé. The icebreakers include open mic sessions and speed dating events.

How are Mentors and Protégés paired?

One of our main objectives for the Mentoring Programme is to create compatible and sustainable matchings between individual Mentors and Protégés. To facilitate the pairing process, the Programme kicks off with a series of Icebreaker sessions that provide multiple opportunities for participants to self-select their Mentor or Protégé. Taking these personal preferences into account, TWF and the Steering Committee will then pair participants based on their interests, professional and life experiences, motivations and affinities.

Can I join halfway through the Programme?

No, candidates cannot join mid-way through the cycle due to the highly structured nature of the Programme. Interested individuals will have to wait to apply for the next cycle.

Language of delivery? 

The Leadership Development Curriculum and all group mentoring sessions are delivered in English. 

Cost involved 
The Programme, apart from a few events, are free of charge for both mentors and protégés thanks to the generous support of our Corporate Partners.

For any other queries, please contact mentoring@twfhk.org.

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