Tuesday, April 2, 2013

PNCWA Mentoring Program

Student & Young Professionals (S&YP) Committee
David Watkins                          John Beacham
Committee Chair                        Committee Vice Chair
208.489.7949                             360.450.9254
dwatkins@jub.com                    John.Beacham@veoliawaterna.com

Dear PNCWA Members,

    The S&YP Committee would like to thank you for reading our first blog post. We write to you regarding the inaugural mentoring program. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” The experienced members of our group who have volunteered their time as mentors are conducting a great service. By spending their time meeting and sharing their experiences with us, Young Professionals are being inspired to be more involved with their own careers and with the PNCWA organization as a whole. We believe this program will foster great learning experiences for both the mentors and protégés, develop stronger relationships between members, and become a cornerstone of what PNCWA has to offer.

So far the mentoring program is off to a successful start. We have found a mentor for every protégé who registered, and we have many extra mentors to cover any who may still register. From the groups we have spoken with, some teams have already been meeting and getting to know each other.

The fundamental process each group should follow is to figure out what each of them want out of the mentoring, develop a plan for getting there, and then meet regularly to discuss or refine the plan. Sometimes this process focusses on an actual product like a career map, a list of career goals, or a cover letter and resume. We are assembling a toolkit containing general guidance on mentoring and mentoring products and some suggestions for meeting ideas. This toolkit is taking some time because we are developing the material from scratch, so we greatly appreciate the mentoring teams patience and efforts to get started before receiving the toolkit.
If you would still like to register for this year’s program, go to one of the following links and fill out the survey. We need more protégé’s, so please “encourage” Young Professionals you know to sign up.

Mentor:        www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z8CX6B9
Protégé:       www.surveymonkey.com/s/85Y78BQ

If you have any questions regarding the mentoring program please contact us, your friendly neighborhood S&YP Committee.