A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What am I expected to do?
In traditional mentoring relationships, mentors are expected to provide their mentee with about one hour of support and interaction per month for a 6-month period. Most of this interaction will take place via email and other web-related tools (for example, instant messaging) or face-to-face, as appropriate. Mentors should work with their mentee to set specific goals and determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to general career advice, continuing education, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
In flash mentoring relationships, mentors provide their mentee with a one-time conversation by phone, in-person or virtually. You are welcome to stay in contact informally after the flash mentoring meeting ends.
- How long will the commitment be?
In traditional mentoring relationships, we ask our mentors to make commitments of at least six months in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background. With flash mentoring, you can set your availability and decide how many flash mentoring sessions you would like to conduct each month based on your schedule.
- When can I expect to be matched?
When a mentee signs up, they are provided with a list of good mentor matches based upon their industry interests and goals in their application. When a mentee requests you as a mentor, you will receive an email to approve the match and begin the traditional mentoring relationship or participate in a flash mentoring session.
- Can I match myself with a mentee?
This program is designed to be mentee-lead, however you can reach out and offer to connect with a mentee. On the "connect" button next to a mentee you will see the option to "offer mentoring." Please note that a mentee can only select two mentors at a time for a traditional 6-month mentoring relationship, but flash meetings are unlimited.
- How many mentees will I mentor at a time?
In traditional mentoring, most mentors will accept 1 traditional 6-month mentee at a time, however you are welcome to mentor up to 3 if your schedule allows. You will be asked how many mentees you wish to mentor at one time through "connections limit" when you set up your profile. With flash mentoring, you are welcome to hold as many sessions are your schedule allows.
- Can I be matched with a mentee in my chapter?
Yes! The software will take chapter and greater region into account when suggesting mentors to mentees. While a mentee who is not in your chapter can still request you as a mentor, it will be your decision whether to accept or decline the relationship.
- Can new designees become mentors?
Yes! This program is also designed to assist and encourage candidates pursuing their designation. Share your CPCU story, exam tips, and words of wisdom with those just starting their CPCU journey.
- Are there any potential risks to me or my company?
No. It is not appropriate for mentors to engage in any business transactions with their mentees; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice.
- My relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what should I do?
We encourage letting the mentee know about the situation if appropriate and contacting the Admin Immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
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- Commit at least one interaction/hour of support per month.
- Take responsibility to keep momentum in the relationship.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
- Invite the mentee to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
- Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, email, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate
- Respond to emails from your mentee within 2 days of receipt.
- Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
- Provide honest and timely feedback to your mentee.
- Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Above all, LISTEN.
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Encourage the mentee to be totally dependent upon you.
- Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.
- Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.
- Use the mentoring relationship to conduct business transactions or facilitate a change in employment.