The Many Looks of Mentorship Programs
Here’s a look at some possibilities
Associations have a lot of options available to them when it comes to deciding what format to use for their mentoring programs. But no matter what they move forward with, it’s important that the program has a foundation that makes the parameters and goals clear.
Mentorship programs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are one-to-one, some are groups, some pair professionals at different career stages, and others involve peer groups. Mentor moments can be years-long relationships or isolated settings, intended to last a day. Additionally, programs can focus on skill building, career development, life coaching or all the above. It’s important, however, from the origin of the relationship to outline a foundation of understanding of the needs, the parameters, and the goals. This way, all parties understand what they have committed to and the rules of engagement.
Let’s examine a few examples of programs currently in the field.
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