Applications closed for 2020. 
Applications for the 2021 Program will open in October 2020.

The QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program allows a competitive edge for employees in the industry who are 35 years or younger to gain professional development, knowledge and skills through the sharing of information and experience matched with a senior industry professional.

The 2020 Young Professionals Mentoring Program is now open for registration and applications.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 17 November 2019.

Running from February through to July, young professionals will be offered the opportunity to participate in scheduled monthly meetings structured to include relevant and individually tailored discussion topics and tasks.

For more information about the QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program, please contact us on 07 3236 1445 or email

What are mentees saying about their experience in the program?

Previous mentees have praised the program for its effectiveness in developing their career direction and progression, guidance and insight into their industry and personal growth.

“The opportunity to network and be in contact with leaders in the tourism industry is fantastic. The program provides a great foot in the door for young professionals into the tourism world. It also helped to confirm that I’m on the right path for my career development.” Laura McGrath, Southern Queensland Country Tourism

“Establishing a professional relationship with a key industry leader has been invaluable in helping me understand the industry, reaffirm my dedication and career path to tourism in Queensland and the best ways for me to professionally grow and continuously improve.” Aleesha Ware, EarthCheck.

The Mentor Experience

The QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program draws upon a wide selection of senior industry professionals across all industry sectors and parts of Queensland. Each mentee is matched individually with a mentor based on a range of factors such as location, industry sector and skill set.

We are seeking to connect with senior industry professionals who are interested in fostering the development of our industry’s young professionals:

  • Mentors can be based anywhere across Queensland in any industry sector.
  • Mentors must commit to 5 one-on-one sessions (in person/telephone/Skype/web) between February and July.
  • Mentors should be prepared to create a supportive environment that offers knowledge sharing with the mentee and establish a partnership based on trust, respect and professionalism. If you are interested in being a part of our respected program as a valued mentor, apply now.

Our respected mentors reflect on their experience of the program

“I’m contributing to the development and increased learning of a blossoming young, motivated professional and seeing the calibre of potential candidates for our business in the future”. Amery Burleigh, General Manager, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach.

“Being able to contribute in some way to a young tourism professional’s career is where I find a lot of satisfaction throughout this program. QTIC have selected mentees and mentors meticulously well and paired each other up strategically and sensibly. Getting to know an eager and energetic member of this industry we are in is very refreshing. Having the opportunity to provide some advice and learnings along the way to help them is where the real value surfaces.” James Connolly, Industry Partnerships Manager, Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW).

“I have loved working as a Mentor for the Young Professionals Mentoring Program as not only do I feel I can assist, grow and inspire our future industry professionals, but personally I was able to feel excited going over the criteria about what a wonderful industry we work in, and thriving off the enthusiasm of the youth and their optimism for the future, made me feel re-energised!”. Glenda Daly, Cobbold Gorge Tours