Mentoring

THE NEXT SESSION IS STARTING SOON!

We are currently looking for volunteers, to sign-up please email the completed Mentor and/or Mentee application to dir-mentoring@pmi-centraliowa.org. To apply for this program all participants must be a member of both the PMI and PMI Central Iowa Chapter. The registration fee for Mentees is $50.00; there is no registration fee for Mentors. The deadline for Mentor and Mentee applications is September 8, 2017!

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The PMI Central Iowa Chapter Mentoring Program provides mentoring opportunities for its current members. This 10 month program is designed to encourage and facilitate growth in project management knowledge, professionalism, and skills in alignment with PMI and Central Iowa Chapter goals. The PMI Central Iowa Chapter Mentoring Team will facilitate team pairing after receiving applications from mentors and mentees. The mentoring relationships will be conducted between the mentor/mentee pairs and their meeting frequency and schedule will be agreed upon at the beginning of the program. The partners will then conduct their meetings, give one another feedback and rate the overall program. The time commitment will be up to the mentoring pair. However, 1-2 hours per month is typically recommended. To apply for this program all participants must be a member of the PMI Central Iowa Chapter.

Mentoring is a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth. Thus, it is basically a learning and development partnership between someone with skills and expertise and someone who wants to learn. Mentors should have a background in, and experience of, various management levels and at least five years’ project management experience. Both mentors and mentees are asked to identify their personal goals and provide information to assist in the pairing process. This information includes work experience, education, skills and strengths. All information is kept confidential.

The purpose of the PMI Central Iowa Chapter Mentoring is to foster professional development and advancement in project management by connecting individual mentors and mentees beyond the immediate working environment. Participants who are certified PMPs may register time spent in mentoring activities for PDUs, the activity is self-reported by the individual PMP with one hour of mentoring equaling one PDU. This is a great opportunity for both mentees and mentors alike. Mentees gain valuable real-life knowledge from seasoned project managers and mentors consistently report that they find their own skills sharpened as a result of the mentoring relationship.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MENTEE OR MENTOR FOR OUR 10 MONTH PROGRAM?

Please email the completed application to dir-mentoring@pmi-centraliowa.org. If you have a resume or other information you would like to share, feel free to send to those in addition to your application. The more information on your goals, availability, interests, and background you provide, the better we will be able to make higher quality matches. Program participants must be an active member of both the PMI and PMI Central Iowa Chapter. This is an excellent opportunity to advance your career and discipline within Project Management. The deadline for Mentor and Mentee applications is September 8, 2017!

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 Thank you for your interest in participating in the PMI Central Iowa Chapter Mentoring Program. For additional information, please contact the Director of Mentoring.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1:  What is the PMI Central Iowa Chapter Mentor Program?

At its most basic level, Mentoring is perhaps one of the most important exchanges that can occur between the veterans of our profession and those that are the youngest. The Central Iowa Chapter Mentor Program is a 10 month program that provides paired mentoring with a focus on the Project Management discipline, knowledge transfer and career/skill development. 

2:  What are some reasons professionals request a mentor?

Develop professional network

Career guidance

Employment opportunities

To learn more about a particular subject

To have someone around to answer questions

Hands-on guidance for ‘on the job’ troubleshooting

Transitioning into a new role or industry

3:  What are the requirements to be in the program?

The program is open to anyone who is currently in good standing as a PMI member (Global and local PIM-CIC Member).

 

4:  Who are the mentors?

The mentors are those Project Management professionals who are seasoned in their career and/or have a passion to help the PM community through mentoring & volunteering.

5:  How many mentees and mentors typically participate in the Mentoring Program?

It ranges from year to year but typically we have a 1-1 ration Mentor to Mentee and a program size from 15-30 members.

6:  What are the expectations of a mentee?

We ask for your commitment. That's it! If you are matched with a mentor, we ask that you maintain communication with your partner for the duration of the program. We also ask that you maintain periodic communication with the Director of Mentoring and let them know how things are going. If the relationship is not working out, we need to know! We can always rematch the pair or provide additional program support for pairs in need, but we can only help if you ask!

7:  What are the expectations of a mentor?

We ask for your commitment. That's it! If you are matched with a mentee, we ask that you maintain communication with your partner for the duration of the program. We also ask that you maintain periodic communication with the Director of Mentoring and let them know how things are going. If the relationship is not working out, we need to know! We can always rematch the pair or provide additional program support for pairs in need, but we can only help if you ask!

8:  What happens if my Mentor or Mentee and I aren't a good match?

Our goal is to provide the best possible match to each participant of the program. If either the Mentor or the Mentee feels that the pair isn’t a “good fit”, they can notify the Director of Mentoring. At that point, the Director of Mentoring will begin steps to rematch both the Mentor and the Mentee with a new partner.

9:  As a mentor, how many hours are mentors expected to spend communicating with my mentee during the 10 month partnership?

There is no set requirement; however, in years past mentors communicated with their mentees from one to four times per month. (1-2 hours/month). *Keep in mind that the Mentee sets the pace and is responsible for working with the Mentor to schedule reoccurring meetings*

10:  May mentors and mentees meet more frequently than the suggested schedule?

Yes. Mentors and mentees may meet as often as they mutually agree. Meetings also don't have a specific topic. For example, the mentor and the mentee might attend a social event.

11:  How will I communicate with my partner (mentor or mentee)? Will we need to meet face-to-face?

Communication may be in person, via phone, e-mail, web meeting, or other form of communication. Communications are at the expense of the participants.

12:  Do I have to be a subject matter expert to be a mentor?

Subject matter expertise helps, but to mentor a mentee, you only need to have 3+ years of experience and are working at least a junior to mid-level role (3+ years of formal experience).

13:  What kind of guidance is provided? Is there a curriculum that I need to stick to?

Every relationship is different, and what each participant needs from the program may be different. As such, we don’t provide a “curriculum” or mandate the path that each pair must take. Instead, we provide the Mentor and the Mentee with a manual to help get you started. The manual contains relevant information for each participant, including possible meeting topics, how to pick meeting dates and times and advice for picking the “rules” up front.  In addition, we provide ongoing communication to both Mentors and Mentees including articles that the pair may be interested in, or guidance that we may come across from time to time.

14:  What is the difference between training and mentoring?

Training is generally delivered according to a predetermined curriculum, with the trainee carrying the burden of meeting the curriculum's deliverables.  Mentoring is a more customized activity, which assigns deliverables to the mentor as well as to the mentee.  In addition, the role of mentor may be to serve as a "role model," whereas the role of a trainer is generally to deliver a specific content without having a "partnership" with the trainee.

15:  Will the personal and professional information I share through the Mentoring Program be kept confidential?

Yes, All program applications are required to sign a confidentiality statement at program kick-off. All participants should adhere to all applicable privacy policies and procedures instituted by their employers.

16:  How are mentees assigned to a mentor?

The mentoring program will attempt to match mentees and mentors in one of several ways, including interest area, experience, and gender or otherwise based on information from the mentors and mentees. We will also ask for feedback from the mentees and the mentors after all have had a chance to explore the different styles all members offer. During kick-off of the program (in late fall) we do a matching exercise to see analyze which personalities and needs match the value the partnership could bring.

17:  Who initiates the first contact?

Mentors are asked to initiate contact with mentees at least for the first contact. After the mentor-mentee relationship has begun to develop, the mentee is responsible for driving the relationship.

18:  What sort of time commitment is involved with the mentor program?

We encourage participants to meet for at least one hour per month.

19:  Whom can I contact if I have any questions or if I have not heard from my mentor/mentee?

Sometimes communications between mentors and mentees break down. If so, try contacting your mentor or mentee again. If there is still no response, please email the Director of Mentoring. The program will try to resolve any problem. To learn more about the mentoring program, contact:

 

Disclaimer:
It is important to point out that the PMI Central Iowa Mentoring Program is a volunteer networking opportunity. The PMI Central Iowa Chapter provides no guarantee regarding the development or career growth of participants. The chapter provides only a framework, an opportunity for participants who hope to be enhanced by this program, but the results are the responsibility of, and are completely determined by, the participating mentors and mentees.