Mentors inspire, encourage, and support you, and contribute to your professional and personal development. You can expect to strengthen and build your network, and gain the skills and confidence necessary to excel.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I choose a mentor?
First complete your profile with information on what help you are looking for. You will be given a list of your best matches, and can sort by industry area, location, expertise, and more. Once you select a mentor, a request will be sent to the mentor to begin the mentoring relationship or schedule a flash mentoring session.
- Can I have more than one mentor at a time?
Yes, you can have up to two traditional 6-month mentoring relationships at a time. You can also participate in as many flash mentoring meetings as you would like to help you expand your network and hear from different experts.
- In what areas can I be mentored?
Our mentors come from all areas of the insurance industry. They can help you develop your leadership and communication skills, navigate the corporate ladder, and develop your cross-functional technical skills so that you can succeed in the workplace. You will be encouraged to set your own goals with your mentor in accordance with your professional aspirations.
- Can CPCU candidates sign up?
Yes! This program is also designed to assist and encourage candidates pursuing their designation. Mentors will share their CPCU story, exam tips, and words of wisdom to help you along your CPCU journey. You must be a paid CPCU Society Candidate member to participate.
- Can I pick a mentor in my chapter?
Yes! The matching algorithm will search for mentors that are local to you. If you do not see a good match in your chapter, you can also search by greater region.
- How long will the mentors be available?
In traditional mentoring, we ask our mentors to make commitments of six months in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. In flash mentoring, you will meet with a mentor for a one-time conversation to network and gain career advice. You can choose to stay informally connected with your flash mentors.
- Can you help me select a mentor?
Yes! We understand that it can be daunting to reach out to a potential mentor. Please contact us and we will be happy to suggest a mentor.
- The relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what should I do? We encourage letting the mentor 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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- TAKE A PROACTIVE ROLE IN SHAPING UP THE RELATIONSHIP
- Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Balance your personal and professional relationship with your mentor.
- Use the mentoring software to set and keep track of goals and tasks throughout the relationship. This will help you measure and define your success.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor and display professional behavior.
- Put the time with your mentor to the best use. Come to meetings prepared with planned topics.
- Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor at most two days after receipt.
- Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
- If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Ask for advice on everything. Have a purpose in each request.
- Blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
- Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
- Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
- Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.
- Use the mentoring relationship to conduct business transactions or facilitate a change in employment.