Mentors are rewarded by sharing knowledge and skills, helping others succeed, and supporting the profession. All you need is a passion for the profession and a willingness to spend time developing a relationship with a protege. Mentoring requires a willingness to share, listen, and provide advice in a flexible relationship shaped by the needs of the mentee. Mentoring is a way for every professional to improve the field, one person at a time. While mentoring programs are designed primarily for the benefit of mentees, mentors enjoy rewards as well, including:
- Exposure to the emerging talent pool
- Ongoing attention to your own career development
- The satisfaction of imparting wisdom and experience to others without a huge time commitment
- Enhancement of coaching, leadership, management, and recruiting skills
- Exposure to diverse thoughts, styles, personalities, and cultures
- Opportunities for recruitment to our profession and/or your employment setting
- A way to give back to your association and/or profession
- A lasting career network
Are you ready to be a mentor? Although mentoring can be a truly rewarding experience, becoming a mentor is a big decision and one that should not to be taken lightly. The benefits to you, however, are well worth your effort. If you can answer, "YES" to most of the following statements, you are a great candidate for our Mentoring Program.
- I will make a personal connection based on trust and-mutual respect and listen to my mentee's needs and concerns.
- I will help my mentee to define career goals and provide networking opportunities to attain those goals.
- I will share my knowledge of educational and professional requirements to prepare my mentee for his/her career.
- I will offer information, advice, references, and resources to assist my mentee's needs.
- I will offer constructive criticism, but allow my mentee to learn from their mistakes.
Register now and we will match you to a mentee based on your mentor profile.
Contact Ginger Colman at 713-783-0297 or firstname.lastname@example.org for to learn more about becoming a mentor.