Frequently Asked Questions for Mentors
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
WHY WOULD I WANT TO BE A MENTOR?
Mentoring gives you an excellent opportunity to contribute to your profession by helping others and making a difference in their lives. You could also be helping them to expand their networks and see their own gifts.
IF I AGREE TO BE A MENTOR WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS/ EXPECTATIONS?
As in any relationship to be successful you must be motivated and committed to participate, working with your Mentee to grow the relationship through a willingness to learn and share with them. In addition to effective communication skills and a positive regard for your Mentee you must have the time to invest in this relationship. It is true that a bit of time can make a big difference. Generally, the longer the mentoring relationship exists to fulfill the set goals, the better the experience. You will discuss time commitments, frequency of meetings and other expectations directly with your Mentee.
You will be asked to create a profile about yourself on the Mentorship Program matching site, and you may be contacted by CLPNA to participate in program promotion and/or evaluation.
HOW DO I BECOME A MENTOR?
To become a mentor, you must be an active member with CLPNA. The first step is to complete the Mentor Application. Once your application is approved you will be asked to create a Mentor Profile. Potential mentees can search for mentors using the data in the profiles and select a mentor they are interested in being matched with. CLPNA will review all match requests and notify those interested in developing a Mentor/Mentee relationship.
WHAT SUPPORTS DOES CLPNA PROVIDE FOR MENTORS?
CLPNA is committed to supporting and developing its pool of mentors. Some strategies may include:
- Resources for mentors on CLPNA website
- Mentor recognition annually at CLPNA AGM and Conference
- Mentor spotlight in our CARE magazine
- Mentorship newsletter that will focus on successes and challenges and how to handle
HOW LONG AM I GOING TO WORK WITH MY MENTEE?
The length of the Mentor/Mentee relationship depends on you and your Mentee. An important component of this program is to reach the goals agreed upon at the beginning of your relationship. Mentoring relationships are expected to last a minimum of three (3) one hour sessions or combination thereof.
WHAT TYPES OF THINGS WILL MY MENTEE ASK ME?
The types of questions asked vary. When you talk to your Mentee, ground rules should be set so that each individual in the relationship is comfortable sharing information. As a general rule, if you are not comfortable sharing certain information, then don’t share it.
WHAT IF I CANNOT ANSWER THE MENTEE’S QUESTIONS?
Some questions posed by your Mentee might not be in your field of interest or within your scope of knowledge. When this situation arises, we encourage you to share this with the Mentee and find the answer together.
IF A POTENTIAL MENTEE MAKES A REQUEST OF ME AND I CAN’T DO IT, WHAT DO I DO?
Just as the Mentee has to be prepared for a potential mentor to say no, you must have the courage to say no if you are unable to fully engage in the relationship or if you see that what the Mentee is requiring does not fit with your experience/expertise.
WHAT IF I’M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH MY PROPOSED MENTEE?
Please notify the program coordinator to request guidance. The purpose of your first meeting is to see whether the two of you are compatible. Tell us frankly if things aren’t working the way you had hoped. If you haven’t talked directly with your Mentee about issues that are causing disagreement, do so. Often, it will be a question of miscommunication that can be cleared up through open conversation.
IS THERE A FEE FOR JOINING THE MENTORING PROGRAM?
No, the Mentorship Program is free access for CLPNA members.
Contact the CLPNA’s Professional Development Department at email@example.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).