The mentor program is designed to help experienced members share their knowledge and less experienced members gain expertise and build their professional networks. The success of the NCACE Mentor Program depends on the participants. The relationship between mentor and mentee must be collaborative and dynamic. This is a formal relationship in which the mentor will guide the mentee in their professional development.
The mentor will answer questions, take a personal interest in, guide, encourage, and support the mentee. The mentor agrees to meeting monthly with the mentee and will follow up as needed.
The mentee will set up the first meeting to discuss topics they would like to cover and timing for subsequent meetings. The mentee will also initiate discussion regarding professional goals with the mentor.
Both mentor and mentee will commit to the program and stay connected for one year.
How are meetings conducted?
Mentors and mentees can meet face-to-face or virtually, but should meet for a minimum of one hour once a month. The mentee is responsible for arranging meetings, preparing the agendas, and any other pre-meeting work. This will ensure that the discussions touch on the topics that matter most to the mentees.
What happens once the official year is up?
You can continue an unofficial relationship if both parties agree. Or, you can be assigned a new mentor or mentee.
What is NCACE’s role?
NCACE is here to facilitate the relationship—to assign mentors/mentees and to provide a basic framework to launch the relationship—but is not directly involved. Of course, if you run into problems or have an issue related to the program you would like to discuss, you should direct those to the Mentor Program committee chairs. The Mentor Program is an ongoing program, and your thoughts, ideas, and recommendations will help ensure that it is an effective networking and professional development tool.
Guidelines Developed are based on the Mentor Guidelines of the National Association of Colleges and Employers