What is a Formal Mentoring Program and Why Should You Participate?
There are several schools of thought when it comes to mentoring. Formal programs often have structure, organization and a set time period with goals and objectives in mind. The formal approach involves program administrators facilitating matches, providing a framework, and a definitive beginning and completion to the program.
Informal mentoring is often mentee driven, it often happens organically and doesn’t always have facilitated matching. Often the goals are not defined, and the engagement only consists of a few meetings.
In our Formal mentoring program through PWB and YLC we take the best of both worlds. We:
- Arrange a formal match
- Require a 6-month commitment
- Provide mentor and mentee workbooks
- Expect mentee driven engagement
- Assign a mentor committee member for program orientation
- Present best practice and recommendations for success
While we encourage the formal approach by utilizing the materials and setting achievable goals it is up to the pairing to proceed as they best see fit during their 6-month formal pairing.
Mentoring partnerships create opportunities and rewards for both the mentors and the mentees alike. Not only do mentees learn important skills and ideas for their own personal and professional growth, but mentors can also come away with strengthened leadership skills, fresh perspectives, and personal satisfaction in helping others reach for their goals.
Why Become a Mentee?
Learning and growth are something that never ends no matter what stage of success you achieve within your chosen field. Different perspectives, ideas, and encouragement can assist in overcoming barriers, blocks, or plateaus when it comes to work or personal and professional balance.
Entering into a formal mentoring program can be a rewarding step to:
- Expand skill sets and knowledge base
- Obtain alternative perspectives
- Identify strengths
- Reduce limitations
- Increase your network
- Advance your career
The Beauty of this mentoring program is you choose your goals and work with an industry professional to help you grow. Check out our Mentor Gallery and learn more about our 3 easy steps to get started!
Why Become a Mentor?
Volunteering as a mentor in the formal mentoring program through Professional Women in Building and the Young Leader’s Council at the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver is a rewarding 6-month commitment. As a mentor you get to support and shape the industry leaders of tomorrow, with just a minimal time commitment of a few hours per month.
- Leadership skills
- Sharpens emotional intelligence
- Fine tunes teaching skills
- And other benefits
Being a mentor not only helps a mentee hone their strengths and knowledge in order to propel advancement in the industry, it can also provide the mentor with new insights and fresh ideas while transforming someone else’s world.
It also feels good to help someone else!