MENTORSHIP PROGRAM RE-LAUNCHING AT THE CHBA-ER!
As young professionals, starting careers, we look up to others around the office or in the industry. Typically those we look up to are proven industry leaders. We look for leaders to support us to be the best we can be and, hopefully one day, develop into future leaders ourselves!
We hope these leaders, or mentors, will share their wisdom and experience. That they will inspire, motivate, and encourage the work of young professionals, their protégés. Through coaching, listening, advising, and guiding their protégé’s, mentors can help shorten learning curves and identify opportunities for personal and professional growth.
In January, we are re-launching the CHBA-ER mentorship program. Available to our members, this is an opportunity for our members, at different stages of their careers, to connect. We have heard from a number of people how valuable a mentorship program is, and our members are an untapped resource when it comes to mentorship. There are a wealth of leaders in our industry – on our member list – who are prime candidates to become mentors.
By definition a mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser. They are knowledgeable, experienced and have the ability to guide someone who may be starting a career in a similar field or industry. Through the CHBA-ER program, we are looking for mentors who have a minimum of five years’ experience in their current role.
What is involved in mentoring?
It is relationship, a professional relationship, which both parties must be able to commit to. The relationship is based on communication and support.
We have created a Mentorship Program Handbook to answer some of the questions you may have about time commitment, value, and expectations.
Why take on a protégé? What’s in it for you? Here are a few reasons to become a mentor:
- Inspire up-and-coming leaders in our industry.
- Generally speaking, there is an age gap between mentor and protégé. This is an opportunity to bridge that age gap by understanding each other’s motivations, goals, and attitudes about the industry.
- Pay it forward!
- Did you have a mentor, or someone who helped kick start your career? Being a mentor can help alleviate some stressful and confusing moments for someone just starting out.
- Redefine your own career goals.
- Discussing your career goals and your future with a protégé will allow you to see your goals through someone else’s eye and give you an opportunity to redefine or refocus your goals.
- Gain a valuable ally and a professional relationship that can last and benefit both parties.
- Having someone to “talk shop” with is always beneficial. Your new found ally can be someone you trust to talk through industry challenges and solutions with.
- Share your passion.
- By coaching someone who is in the early stages of their career, you have the opportunity to inspire someone who shares your passion for the industry
- Set the tone and pace for the industry with up-and-coming leaders.
- You are able to influence the next generation of leaders. Through coaching and advising, you are able to guide the future of the industry.
Interested in the Mentor program? Contact Lisa or Jennifer – we will see if we have a protégé match waiting for your expertise!