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SRAPPA Emerging Professionals Mentor Program

2024/2025 Program Starts Soon!

Why Choose a Mentor?

Finding a mentor can be incredibly beneficial for personal and professional growth. Here are several reasons why people should consider finding mentors:
  • Guidance and Support: Mentors offer valuable guidance, sharing their experiences and knowledge to help mentees navigate challenges and make informed decisions.
  • Networking: Mentors often have extensive networks and can introduce mentees to valuable contacts, opening up new opportunities.
  • Career Advancement: Mentors can provide insights into career paths and help mentees set and achieve career goals.
  • Confidence Boost: Having a mentor can boost a person’s confidence by providing validation and encouragement.
  • Personal Growth: Mentors can serve as role models, inspiring mentees to become better versions of themselves.
  • Perspective: Mentors can offer fresh perspectives on challenges and issues, helping mentees see things from different angles.
  • Problem Solving: Mentors can help mentees brainstorm solutions to problems and provide advice on overcoming obstacles.
  • Industrial Knowledge: In professional settings, mentors can provide deep insights into industry trends, best practices, and market dynamics.
  • Motivation: Mentors can be a source of motivation and inspiration, especially during difficult times.
  • Long-Term Relationships: Mentorship relationships can evolve into long-lasting connections that continue to benefit both parties throughout their careers.

  • Leadership Development: Mentors can help mentees develop leadership skills and qualities, preparing them for future leadership roles.

  • Diverse Perspectives: Mentors from different backgrounds can offer diverse perspectives and help mentees understand and appreciate diversity.

  • Goal Achievement: With the guidance of a mentor, mentees are more likely to set and achieve meaningful goals.

What are characteristics that would make someone a good mentee?

A good mentee is someone who actively engages in the mentorship relationship, demonstrates a strong commitment to personal and professional growth, and exhibits certain qualities and behaviors that make the mentoring process more effective.
  • Openness to Feedback: A good mentee is receptive to feedback, both positive and constructive. They are open to learning from their mentor’s experiences and insights.
  • Initiative: A proactive mentee takes the initiative to set goals, ask questions, and seek guidance. They don’t wait for the mentor to do all the work.
  • Respect and Appreciation: A mentee should show respect and appreciation for their mentor’s time, expertise, and willingness to help. Gratitude goes a long way in building a positive mentorship relationship
  • Effective Communication: A mentee should be able to communicate their goals, challenges, and progress clearly and effectively with their mentor. They should also actively listen to their mentor’s advice.
  • Accountability: A responsible mentee takes ownership of their goals and actions. They follow through on commitments and hold themselves accountable for their progress.

Is there an advantage of building a mentor/mentee relationship?

There are often statistical differences between having a mentor and not having one, particularly when it comes to personal and professional development. These differences can be observed in various aspects of a person’s life and career. Here are some statistical insights into the impact of having a mentor:
  • Career Advancement: Studies have shown that individuals with mentors are more likely to advance in their careers and reach higher levels of leadership within organizations. They may receive more promotions, raises, and opportunities for growth.
  • Job Satisfaction: Having a mentor can positively affect job satisfaction. Employees with mentors tend to report higher levels of job satisfaction, engagement, and overall happiness at work.
  • Skill Development: Mentoring relationships often lead to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. Mentees are more likely to develop both technical and soft skills, which can enhance their job performance.
  • Networking: Mentors often introduce mentees to their professional networks, which can lead to valuable connections, job offers, and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Salary Increases: Research has shown that employees who have mentors tend to earn higher salaries over time compared to those without mentors.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Mentorship can play a crucial role in promoting diversity and inclusion in organizations. Companies with mentorship programs that focus on diversity have been shown to have more diverse leadership teams.
  • Leadership Development: Mentoring relationships are often instrumental in developing leadership skills and qualities. Many leaders attribute their success to the guidance of mentors early in their careers.
  • Retention Rates: Organizations with strong mentorship programs often have higher employee retention rates. Employees who feel supported and mentored are less likely to leave their jobs.

How to Get Started

To be considered for the SRAPPA Emerging Professionals Program, applicants must have at least one year working for an institutional organization (or whatever you feel is the factor).

At SRAPPA, we are committed to inspiring, engaging and developing the next generation of talent.
  • Program overview
  • Start dates for 24/25 Session (ie kick off, SRAAPPA meet up etc)
  • Submit Application by July 15, 2024.
  • Commitment: State terms, ie 10 sessions, or 8 months, or 
  • Accountability: A responsible mentee takes ownership of their goals and actions. They follow through on commitments and hold themselves accountable for their progress.

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Signups begin June 15, 2024. If you re considering participating, fill out your application now to get on the list.