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 (Sept. 1, 2019 – Sept. 1, 2020)
- All participants should be given the time and encouragement to participate. This is a 12 month commitment. 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 in the first few months of the program if geographically possible.
- Discuss certain business etiquette when appropriate (i.e. business dress, entertaining, email and social media etiquette, face to face networking etiquette, etc.)
- Communicate verbally with Mentor at least once a month.
- Discuss economic conditions and industry trends
- Discuss job issues, school issues, struggles, wins
- Learn and have fun!
- Complete the Evaluation Form at the end of twelve months
V. Role of the Mentor
- You drive the need for the relationship, the quest for information and the substance of the partnership.
- Discuss your expectations of the program with Mentee
- Keep all scheduled appointments with your Mentee.
- Suggest activities that you and your Mentee may participate in.
- Develop Quarterly Action Plan with Mentee. This can include: lunch, 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!