What is the Mentoring Program About?

Since 2009 PMI Lakeshore Ontario Chapter has successfully delivered a "Mentorship Program" to its members. Since its launch, it has evolved and matured into a program that supports a target population of both PMP professionals and non PMP professionals. It also addresses the continuing professional development requirements of our members.

The Mentoring Program is intended to go beyond just answering the occasional questions or providing some ad hoc help. A major deliverable is to create an environment where both the Mentor and Mentee can build an ongoing relationship of learning, continuous dialog, and challenge.

The main focal areas include:

  • Project Management: Emphasis on project management skills, emerging trends and strategies required to become a more effective project manager
  • Career Development / Mentorship: Attention to how you can plan for the next step in your career
  • Leadership: Enhancing leadership skills in areas such as holding high-stakes conversation, developing influence skills, and establishing trust-based relationships

Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities

If you register as a Mentor, you will leverage your own experience in project management within your specific industry or share your career development experiences to guide others in similar industries or those considering career transition. Over a period of four to five months, the investment of your time and support to assist Mentees in discovering and developing their talents in project management is what separates you as a mentor from the average network contact.

As a Mentee, you will take the lead in your personal and career development by sharing in the lessons learned from a more experienced project management role model in your field. As you work your way through a journey of self-discovery, you will make your own determination whether the experiences of others will work for you.

Fundamental to the success of the mentoring program is a common understanding of the expectations each participant has. However difficult it may be, Mentors and Mentees should discuss their personal expectations, set the ground rules, and develop a clear and realistic set of expectations. These tasks should be completed at the first meeting.

Program Structure 

Eligibility

All participants must be a PMI Lakeshore Chapter member in good standing.

Mentors: Typically mentors are seasoned professionals with at least five years’ experience in a project or program related role.

Mentees: Persons who are in a project related role who are committed to learning and professional development.

Benefits 

There are numerous benefits for both mentors and mentees some of which include (not limited to):

  • Satisfaction from helping others achieve their professional goals
  • An expanded network of professional colleagues
  • Discovering new ways to leverage your experience and skills
  • Recognition for service to the community
  • Increased self-esteem, self- confidence and affirmation of professional competence
  • Advice on how to balance work and other responsibilities and set priorities
  • Earn PDUs (Up to 7 Professional Development Units (PDUs) are available for Project Managers training hours upon full completion of the program).

Testimonials 

Here are some testimonials from members who have participated in the past:

"I was a mentor but believe I did learn from my mentee as much as he learned from me. In this experience, all parties learn something from each other and that will help us grow our experience."

"The most important aspect of the program to me is knowledge transfer and growing my experience and knowledge base in dealing with people and find out what is a real concern to them and help them to find answers and solve their issues.

"The mentoring program participants were great to get to know and share their experiences. All very professional and cooperative. Glad to work with the program leaders as well.

"Fantastic experience! Great mentors and a great group of people to share experiences with. Looking forward to participating in the 2018 session."

The Mentorship Program continues to satisfy it’s mandate as evidenced by these testimonials and the happy faces of this semester’s participants. 

Be part of the upcoming session and benefit for yourself!!

Cost and Location

The cost is $50 for all PMI Lakeshore Ontario Chapter Members. Location, time, date & other details will be provided close to start of the session to those who have registered.

Mentoring Inquiries

If you have any mentoring related queries, please direct your queries to mentoring@pmiloc.org.

Registration Information

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