IECA's Mentor Match program is a networking and career development tool dedicated to providing valuable support and development to its members.
As an IECA member, you can take advantage of this program—at no cost—to receive best practices and tips from expert colleagues. It provides opportunities for experienced IECs to help guide the next generation of IECs, and gives all members, regardless of experience level, opportunities to learn from each other. This relationship may be structured with regular contacts or on an informal as-needed basis. Your mentor or mentee can be in the same city or on the other side of the world.
Participants in the Mentor Match program are paired with a fellow IECA colleague based on professional skills that the mentee wants to acquire and that the mentor has to offer. Mentees will be required to develop a specific set of learning goals which form the basis of the mentor-mentee relationship, and mentors are asked to work with the mentee on advancing these goals.
In order for the mentoring relationship to succeed, both the mentor and mentee must clearly understand their roles. All mentees and mentors are required to follow the guidelines below.
- Mentors and Mentees must be willing to assume the appropriate role as defined below.
- Enrollment forms must be filled out by both mentors and mentees.
- Profiles must be filled out by both mentors and mentees, which help set professional goals.
- Mentors may mentor more than one mentee but need to be judicious with their resources to make sure that each mentee is well served.
- Mentees may only have one mentor at a time.
Role of Mentee
Mentees must be current IECA members in good standing.
- Mentees need to fill out their profiles on Mentor Match, including their bios, since this information will help mentors best serve you.
- Mentees are responsible for facilitating the relationship and must invite a mentor via Mentor Match to help them.
- Mentees are responsible for driving the relationship, meaning that mentees must have clear goals for what they want to achieve from participation and take responsibility for pursuing those objectives.
- Mentees should take initiative and communicate with mentors to determine scheduled meetings, communicating at least once per month with their mentors.
- Mentees should be prepared with questions and goals to work on with their mentor during each scheduled session. Suggested best practice is to share topics for conversation a week before the call to give the mentor time to think about the issues.
- Mentees must keep scheduled commitments and provide advance notice of any unforeseen conflicts requiring rescheduling.
- Mentees are expected to be professional, courteous, and gracious in every interaction with their mentor.
Role of Mentor
Mentors must be current IECA members in good standing.
Questions? Contact Sarah Brachman ([email protected]) or Sue Depra ([email protected])
- Mentors need to fill out their profiles on Mentor Match, including their bios, since this information will be used by mentees to request possible matches.
- Mentors are responsible to meet with their mentees at least once per month.
- Mentors lead the first discovery call by walking through the Discovery Call Guidelines.
- When mentees give mentors call topics in advance, mentors are encouraged to think about resources and experiences that can speak to that issue.
- Mentors are responsible to attend calls in a timely manner and provide as much advance notice as possible of conflicts requiring rescheduling.
- Mentors are expected to be professional, courteous, and gracious in every interaction with their mentees.
- Mentors are requested to serve in a supportive and nurturing role, encouraging their mentees professional development and growth.