Frequently Asked Questions for Mentees

Below is some information that we hope will answer some of your questions about the Mentorship Program and how matching of Mentors/Mentees works.

Questions? Contact the CLPNA’s Professional Development Consultants at profdev@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

WHAT IS MENTORSHIP?

Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. Mentorship is a process for sharing knowledge relevant to work, career, or professional development. The intent is to develop another’s capabilities through a one-on-one relationship that is outside a formal organizational structure. It can be face-to-face or via technology, and held over a sustained period of time. Effective mentoring requires agreed upon goals, scheduled meetings, and evaluation of outcomes.


HOW DO I BECOME A MENTEE?

APPLY to be a Mentee

It’s easy! Fill out the Mentee Application.  Once your application is approved, you will be asked to create a Mentee Profile.  After that, all you have to do is perform a search for Mentors based on what you are looking for. Once you feel you’ve found the appropriate Mentor, request to be matched.  The match is reviewed and approved by CLPNA and then you start communicating with your Mentor!


ARE THERE CERTAIN THINGS THAT I SHOULD DO AS A MENTEE?

Always be open, honest, and respectful with your Mentor and about the relationship and work you are doing together.


WHAT WILL MY MENTOR DO FOR ME?

It is up to the Mentee to take the initiative to help in making the Mentorship relationship a successful experience. Mentors offer information, support, feedback, contacts and ideas. However, the Mentee has to take it from there.


ONCE WE ARE MATCHED HOW DO WE CONNECT?

Mentorship meetings can happen in-person, by phone or on-line, through for example Skype or Google Chat. You both are encouraged to determine the approach that works best for you using the Mentoring Relationship Agreement form.


IS MY MENTOR AVAILABLE ANY TIME DAY OR NIGHT?

Your Mentor’s availability and the best times and methods of getting in touch with him/her are items to discuss during your first meetings. You and your Mentor should communicate expectations to determine how success can be attained with the mentorship relationship.  These specifics are then outlined in the Mentoring Relationship Agreement form.


ARE MENTORING DISCUSSIONS CONFIDENTIAL?

Yes, Mentors and Mentees are expected to maintain the high levels of confdentiality with each other unless release of information is required by law.


IF OUR MATCH ISN’T WORKING WHAT DO WE DO?

Terminating a mentoring relationship or switching to a different mentor are not signs of failure. Recognizing your changing needs and finding a respectful way to let the other person know that the relationship has run its course or isn’t working is one of the keys to a successful Mentor/Mentee relationship. CLPNA will support you to identify strategies for working through any concerns or issues that may arise.


Questions?

Contact the CLPNA’s Professional Development Department at profdev@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).