What is a Mentor?
Throughout the years, the term mentor has come to mean more experienced person who helps guide, support, and counsel a less experienced person through the world of work. Mentors share their experience and expertise with a mentee to assist them in their career development and planning. Mentoring is not just teaching or counseling - it involves fostering a mentee's relationship with a person of experience and helping them prepare for the future. A mentor should be one level above the mentor in the new field of interest of the mentee.
Mentors gain insight while working with mentees who are
entering their field of expertise or interest. They also participate in the
personal and professional growth of those participants that are just entering
or have been in the profession for a period of time. They make positive
contributions to their mentee's learning experience when they share their
knowledge and experience. Mentors also have an opportunity to learn from their
mentees and to test their thinking. Listed below are some of the reward opportunities
to the social and professional development of a mentee
on your own career, summarize your journey, and formulate your views on success
time with the mentees who are full of passion and energy
a fresh outside perspective
the next generation of business leaders
an inside track to recruiting talented HR professionals
- CPHR members can earn up to 10 CPD hours per year for participating in the program
The Value of Mentoring
Many successful professionals have had a mentor influence
their career. Mentors are role models who guide and encourage protégés.
Mentoring relationships facilitate the protégé’s growth both personally and
professional as a business professional.
Role of the Mentor
available to the mentee and attempt to understand his/her needs
with the mentee to identify obstacles and collectively determine how these
will be overcome
the establishment of goals-encouraging the mentee to determine what those
goals should be
coach and guide the menthe, but refrain from telling them what to do
a comfortable learning environment for their student
protégé to explore career paths and assumptions
accessible and respond to mentee in a timely manner
clear boundaries-identify any areas of confidentiality at the outset of the
their preferred method(s) of communication and what response time the mentee
can expect when they initiate contact
What previous Mentors had to say about the program:
"I found being a mentor to be a very rewarding experience."
"I am reaffirmed of my commitment to continue mentoring others and supporting the development and collective body of knowledge within the HR community."
"I have gained as much, if not more, from the young, up-and-coming HR professional that I mentored as they have from me."
The application deadline for the 2017-2018 Professional Mentorship Program has passed. If you wish to participate we may be able to accommodate late applicants. Please contact Lindsey Barnett to inquire.