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Career Mentoring Services

From time to time people need to reassess their career and specifically their personal job needs. Occasionally this results in a requirement to either make a job change or invest in a new direction eg change employer, role or do some skills training. These situations can be difficult to effect in a sensible and considered fashion.

This is normal and change is difficult for most people. It is a time in one's life where having a trusted mentor is really valuable especially if the mentor has relevant skills to transfer and can add wise counsel and techniques to assist the analysis and decision making process.

That is why the provision of quality "Career Mentoring" advice and service is such a valuable benefit - indeed it can be a life shaping experience.

Our Approach
Our approach to Career Mentoring services is quite straight forward i.e. to provide a high quality and cost effective input individually tailored to meet the specific needs of the participant. We don't aim to be the biggest provider of this type of service in Sydney however we do aim to develop strong relationships with our clients and to provide a better quality product.

How are we Different?
We are very proud of the work we have done both with individuals and organisations. The Dalcross web site's testimonials tell the story - some examples on this page

Gordon Conolly the Dalcross founder and Principal is a well networked careers advisor (formerly Head of Human Resources and Board member for Chase Manhattan Bank in Australia for 10 years). He has, since September 2000 brought these skills and values to his Dalcross consulting practice with many clients (both corporate and individual) from diverse backgrounds and industry sectors although the finance sector is a strong speciality..

In addition Gordon's day to day involvement in executive placements through his boutique executive selection firm Quadrant Management Solutions (www.qmsconsulting.com.au) means that he can bring a contemporary practical edge to his career mentoring advice.

Also as he is the person who performs the service he is a major stakeholder and this creates a powerful link between the quality of advice provided and the results and life value to participants.

This enables Dalcross to work with both individual and institutional participants in a way that most other providers cannot.

Mentoring approach: generally three sessions but can be adapted to suit the participant

Session 1 - The initial meeting

  • This is the opportunity for the participant to get to know Gordon and discuss mentoring goals and the Dalcross approach- including explanation of the Dalcross Career Investment Booklet and Questionnaire (handout)

    Note the participant's resume is a major resource needed before this meeting for it to be efficient. The resume is of course private and treated confidentially but an immediate benefit can be professional advice on the resume design and content.

    Session 2 Intensive discussion session requires two way preparations

    This is generally a comprehensive discussion on the participant's career to date and uses responses from the Dalcross questionnaire Booklet provided at the first session as a resource.

  • Discussion on goals: short term and longer term
  • Discussion on current/future career issues, skills acquired and challenges
  • Review of career achievements to date (Detailed dialogue on achievements, strengths, development needs plus initial discussion on values, priorities, jobs and SENSIBLE institutions to target)

    Session 3 Recommended agenda -but clearly can be adapted to suit participant need e.g. for networking ideas

  • Methods of accessing the market
  • Updated resume production
  • Interviewing skills.
  • Positioning career for success -discussion on strategies that work.

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  • Dalcross Logo - Beyond the Horizon

    "Gordon Conolly helped me materially through his advice to maximise my career options and strategy. His advice was a significant factor in achieving the results I wanted. I can certainly recommend his service".

    Financial Services industry 2012

    "Gordon Conolly met me shortly after my arrival in Australia. He gave me good career advice and maintained my resume on his confidential database. He later proactively contacted me about an opportunity at JPMorgan, which I subsequently accepted. I therefore feel Gordon operates very professionally and acts out his vision of providing good advice to both his candidate clients as well as the companies he acts for".

    Meetu Singh
    Assistant Vice President
    Treasury Solutions
    JPMorgan Australia September 2005.

    "Gordon Conolly is very well experienced and talented in understanding the core issue in a person's career. The questionnaire that Dalcross has is very comprehensive and answering the questions really got me to think about myself from different perspectives. The discussion that followed on the questionnaire were very meaningful and it was very accurate on what and how I should take my next step. Gordon then analyses and discusses in detail on how the next steps should be executed and provides the motivation required to make it happen. The words of advice from Gordon will be useful for me for the rest of my working life. Gordon was even helpful to me in my personal social charity interests".

    Divesh Singh
    IT Manager
    December 2010.

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    Email: grc@dalcrossconsult.com.