2019 PNCWA Mentoring Program Announcement

Dear PNCWA Members,

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2019 PNCWA Mentoring Program. This program was developed to encourage experienced professionals (mentors) in our area to pass on their knowledge and experience to young professionals (protégés). Here’s how it works:

  1. Fill out the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/972R6TW
    1. BOTH mentors AND protégés need to complete the survey.
    2. Please complete the survey by January 18, 2019. We will start pairing teams the end of January.
    3. Please note that the survey can be completed at any point during the year, so you can still participate in the program if you miss the survey deadline. However, after the initial pairing in February, we won’t do another round (or rounds, depending on need) of pairing for a month or two (if we get additional respondents to the survey). Therefore, please complete the survey by the deadline if you’re interested in participating so you have as much of the year as possible to dedicate to the program.
  2. Accept the mentor or protégé you’re paired with, or request a change, if desired.
  3. Commit 6 hours of your time to meet as a team between February and the 2019 PNCWA Annual Conference in September.

PNCWA has developed a Mentoring Guide to help teams get the conversation going during their meetings. The Guide can be downloaded from the PNCWA Mentoring Program website (http://www.pncwa.org/mentoring). Mentoring meetings can cover any topic the teams like, but suggestions in the Mentoring Guide include technical skills, interpersonal skills, career path, and resumes. Mentoring teams are also encouraged to set goals during their first session to provide a roadmap for the year.

The mentoring program is just one of the many benefits of being a PNCWA member and presents a great opportunity for our members to connect with and learn from one another. Feedback has been positive over the past few years and we are passionate about continuing to make this program successful. So, if you’re interested in participating, please take the survey (link above) and we’ll get you paired up with a mentor or protégé.

Similar to last year, we’re encouraging mentoring teams to complete their sessions prior to the PNCWA Annual Conference in September. We’ll then release the survey for the 2019 program after the conference. Conference is also a great time to set up an in-person meeting if you have been communicating with your team member long distance.

Below are positive feedbacks from last years’ program.  We look forward to another rewarding year.

From a protégé: “The PNCWA Mentoring Program helped me to learn more about our industry. It was good to learn from other point of view and hear the experiences from my mentor. Thank you PNCWA for this helpful program.”

► From a mentor: “This program did a great job in matching me with a protégée who was in a similar field enabling, us to find common ground quickly and even partner on a business opportunity!”

► From a mentor: “This is a great way to get to know young engineers and gain insights from them while sharing your own experience.”

Questions regarding the mentoring program can be directed to:

Candice Au-Yeung        [email protected]
Ben Nelson                   [email protected]
Kristi Steiner                 [email protected]         

Thank you for your participation. We’re looking forward to another great year!

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