CPRS Manitoba Mentorship Program
In service to our membership, CPRS Manitoba launched a pilot CPRS Manitoba Mentorship Program in fall 2015. The program was carefully designed to be a rewarding, enjoyable experience to help PR practitioners grow personally and professionally, and to help the community be better informed about career opportunities in the following two ways:
- By matching experienced practitioners who can help guide a newer professional through the early, growing phrase of his or her career
- With peer-to-peer mentorship, where professionals assist each other by exploring each other’s sectors and roles.
CPRS Manitoba helps bring together individuals interested in mentorship, and offers forums to facilitate the mentorship process. Each mentor and mentee must be a CPRS member in good standing during the term of the mentorship.
Our program provides the mentor and mentee a framework for connecting with regular programming to help keep participants on track. The onus is on mentors and mentees to set their own meeting frequency, times and goals. Some meet by phone, Skype, FaceTime or whatever medium is agreed upon. Others may work and live in regions in the province outside of Winnipeg. CPRS Manitoba events also offer forums for face-to-face meetings.
What is Mentorship?
Mentorship is most commonly defined as a mutually-beneficial and rewarding relationship between mentor and mentee.
Most of you will be familiar with the mentorship arrangement where an experienced practitioner (the mentor) guides a newer professional (the mentee) through the early, growing phase of a career. In a traditional mentorship, the mentor also learns new skills and is exposed to ideas from the mentee, but the arrangement is typically of most professional benefit to the mentee.
In our research, our membership told us they are also interested in mentorships that are lateral or peer-to-peer — meaning that practitioners of similar seniority can learn from one another. Perhaps they work in the same sector and wish to bounce ideas off of each other. Or perhaps they work in different sectors and would like to know more about a different career.
CPRS Manitoba is pleased offer BOTH kinds of mentorship arrangements as part of our program. Regardless of the style of mentorship, we believe that mentoring always has benefits for both the mentee and the mentor, and advances the goals of CPRS and our profession. Our student members may be considered as part of the program at a future date.
Contact the Mentorship Committee
For more information or to get involved, contact the CPRS Manitoba Mentorship Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Mentorship” in the subject heading.
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