Professional Mentorship Program: Mentor Information


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 protégé to assist them in their career development and planning. Mentoring is not just teaching or counseling - it involves fostering a protégé’s relationship with a person of experience and helping them prepare for the future.  A mentor should be one level above the protégé or in the new field of interest of the protégé.


Mentor Rewards

Mentors gain insight while working with protégés 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 protégé's learning experience when they share their knowledge and experience. Mentors also have an opportunity to learn from their protégés and to test their thinking. Listed below are some of the reward opportunities for mentors:

  • Contribute to the social and professional development of a protégé
  • Reflect on your own career, summarize your journey, and formulate your views on success in business
  • Spend time with the protégés who are full of passion and energy
  • Gain a fresh outside perspective
  • Influence the next generation of business leaders
  • Get an inside track to recruiting talented HR professionals

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

  • Be available to the Protégé and attempt to understand his/her needs
  • Work with the Protégé to identify obstacles and collectively determine how these will be overcome
  • Facilitate the establishment of goals-encouraging the Protégé to determine what those goals should be
  • Mentor, coach and guide the Protégé-but refrain from telling them what to do
  • Create a comfortable learning environment for their student
  • Challenge protégé to explore career paths and assumptions
  • Be accessible and respond to protégé in a timely manner
  • Set clear boundaries-identify any areas of confidentiality at the outset of the relationship
  • Indicate their preferred method(s) of communication and what response time the protégé can expect when they initiate contact

Applications for the 2016-2017 program are now closed.
Applications for the 2017-2018 program will be accepted beginning in June 2017.


Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba)
1810-275 Portage Avenue / Winnipeg, Manitoba / R3B 2B3
tel. 204.943.2836 / fax. 204.943.1109 / email.

For additional information please visit: CPHR.CA

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