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COMPASS

Creating Opportunities for Mentoring and Partnerships to Achieve Strategic Success

 

The RWHRMA Mentor Program (COMPASS) is an exciting new program where mentors and mentees will have an opportunity to establish a mutually beneficial relationship. Mentors have a chance to share their strengths, abilities and networks while the mentees can seek advice from seasoned professionals and benefit from their experience.

 

Both participants have equal responsibility to establish this relationship.

Mentee Enrollment Form

Mentor Enrollment Form

Click here to register for the Mentor Program Kick-Off Social on February 25th.

Mentors can provide the following:

·         Share your expertise on challenges that are new to your mentee

·         Act as a sounding board on day-to-day issues found on the job

·         Provide career advice

·         Provide and share a network of resources

·         Challenge the mentee to move out of their comfort zone

·         Offer encouragement

·         Teach by example

 

Responsibilities of the Mentor:

·         Help build self-awareness

·         Offer challenging ideas

·         Help build self-confidence

·         Encourage professional behavior

·         Candidly confront negative behaviors and attitudes

·         Listen to problems/issues and be supportive

·         Establish trust

·         Encourage Mentees to take risks

 

Benefits for the Mentor

·         Broaden your skills and knowledge through teaching

·         Gain satisfaction by sharing your experiences with others

·         Energize your own career

·         Increase personal and professional networks

·         Watch others develop from your experience(s)

·         Gain an ally in promoting your organization’s well-being

·         Learn more about other areas within your organization

·         Receive a new dimension or perspective to your current job/role

·         Gain an understanding of how to communicate with and motivate the next generation

 

Responsibilities of the Mentee:

·         Be dedicated to the Mentoring relationship by investing your time and energy

·         Assess your own developmental needs and be willing to have an open discussion

·         Take the initiative in your own career development and skill progression plan

·         Actively participate in the Mentoring relationship – don’t just look for advice

·         Take full advantage of the training or assistance offered

·         Be willing to accept and follow through on the Mentor’s advice

·         Employ the rules of confidentiality

·         Develop and utilize the skills of professionalism

·         Have realistic expectations regarding a Mentor’s time and influence

·         Be honest and share specific work frustrations, needs and goals

 

A Mentee should:

·         Be receptive to advice and new experiences

·         Be interested in education and advancement

·         Take an active role in their own career advancement

·         Be willing to receive critical feedback in areas such as communication, interpersonal relationships, leadership skills, etc.

·         Have an interest in gaining new networks.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What does a mentor do?

Mentors provide advice and guidance to their mentees.  They can be valuable resources to the individual’s personal and professional development throughout the program, and perhaps beyond.

 

What kinds of information does a mentor share?

Mentors can give specific career related advice, as well as other personal development guidance. Guidance includes tips on interviewing for a first job or next job, critiquing a resume, or offering to make introduction.  Mentors have often performed tasks that are new to Mentees many times, so they can help guide you to the correct path while avoiding costly mistakes.  Mentors can also provide real world perspective on how your boss may be looking at things in order to help you communicate with them better.

 

How much time is expected from the program?

We ask that both mentees and mentors commit for one year and expect to spend about 1-2 hours a month interacting. The mode of communication is determined by the pair depending on availability and schedules of both parties. We do encourage a face to face meeting at the beginning of the relationship at a very minimum.

You may continue the relationship much longer than this one year program, and we encourage you to do so! We also encourage mentees who are interested in participating in the program for more than one year to consider choosing a second mentor so they can have multiple perspectives and an even larger network.



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