Mentorship Program Guidelines
I. What is mentoring?
- A mentor is a coach, guide, tutor, facilitator, counselor and trusted advisor. A mentor is someone willing to spend his or her time and expertise to guide the development of another person.
- A mentee is someone who wants to learn from someone who knows and seeks their valuable advice in order to grow personally and/or professionally. A mentee is a student, protégé’, apprentice and eager learner.
- What is a Mentorship? A mentorship is a relationship formed between a mentor and mentee with the goal of sharing knowledge and expertise between the mentor and the mentee. It can be a formal relationship with written goals and scheduled meeting times or it can be as informal as an occasional chat or email exchange.
II. Goals of the Program:
- Develop a relationship between Mentor and Mentee.
- Both Mentor and Mentee should identify their expectations and the expected outcomes of participating in the program.
- Assist in the transition of Mentees into their new jobs or potential new jobs.
III. Commitment to the Program (February 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020)
- All participants should be given the time and encouragement to participate. The Pilot Program is a four month commitment based on the remaining school year. Based on feedback, program will be evaluated in June to determine the length of the mentorship connection moving forward. Many mentors and mentees become friends for life.
- All participants should discuss the expectation of privacy regarding their conversations.
IV. Role of the Mentee
- Schedule initial meeting during the first month – at a minimum, meet face to face together at least 2 additional times if geographically possible.
- Discuss business etiquette (i.e. business dress, entertaining, correspondence, email, social media, face to face networking, etc.)
- Communicate verbally with Mentor at least once a month.
- Identify best resources for industry news, current trends and economic conditions
- Discuss your job questions, school issues, wins, struggles, short & long term goals
- Learn to translate your work experiences into relevant highlights for your resume
- Learn and have fun!
- Complete the Evaluation Form at the end of twelve months
V. Role of the Mentor
- Schedule initial meeting during the first month – attempt to meet face to face at least 2 additional times if geographically possible. Remember to guide the relationship, the quest for information and the substance of the partnership.
- Discuss your expectations of the program with Mentee
- Confirm and keep all scheduled appointments with your Mentee.
- Highlight industry events that you and your Mentee may participate in together and introduce your Mentee to industry leaders.
- Mentors can translate their own career journey for Mentees and how it impacted career paths
- Develop Quarterly Action Plan with Mentee. This can include lunch, PCMA events, GMC-PCMA Meetings, other industry meetings and social events.
- Learn and Have Fun!
VI. Benefits of the Mentorship Program
- Mentee develops a personal relationship with an established industry professional.
- It is an easy way to develop a connection. Don’t live in same city? Don’t worry! Skype and facetime are great ways to connect.
- Don’t let the time commitment scare you! it is manageable and flexible.
- Practice interview skills and techniques with your mentor who can give insight on interviews in the industry.
- The industry is all about connections and this is a great place to start if you are new to the industry.
- As a mentor, you might be paired with a student and use them as a resource to help you in regards to social media trends.
- Don’t be shy sign up and this could be a lifelong friendship and learning experience for both of you as you continue your paths in the industry!