NACIS Mentor Program

NACIS Mentor Program FAQ

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Q: Who can be a mentor and how many mentees would I have?

A: Each NACIS member with 5+ years of professional experience who applies will be paired with a single mentee (unless you have the capacity/desire to take on additional mentees.)

Q: What is the length of the program?

A: Six months.

Q: How often is the mentor program offered?

A: Once a year.

Q: How many meetings will there be?

A: We strongly recommend six individual mentor/mentee meetings (virtual or face-to-face). However, you may choose to meet as your personal/professional schedules permit, more or less. Communicate with one another to decide what’s best for the two of you. Remember, the more you put into the program the more you’ll get out of the program.

Q: How long are the meetings?

A: 30 minutes are recommended, however you’re welcome to meet as your schedules permit (more or less).

Q: Do I need to keep a log of our meetings/conversations?

A: No.

Q: How much does the program cost?

A: It’s free!

Q: What training/support will the mentor/mentee have?

A: The Mentor Program Handbook will be provided when pairings are announced. The handbook is a resource packet including proposed meeting topics and a Career Action Plan Framework if participants wish to use it. There will also be a private Slack channel to share ideas and questions across the group, and access to the mentor program coordinators for guidance.

Q: Can the mentee or mentor choose to end the program early?

A: Yes. A mentee/mentor may exit the program at any time. We do ask that you please notify the mentor program coordinators so we can update our records. 

Q: Am I supposed to train the mentee on specific technological skills?

A: No this is not expected, but not discouraged either if this is what mentor/mentee agree to do.

Q: What if there are not enough mentors for all the mentee applicants?

A: If the number of mentee applicants exceeds the number of mentors, we’ll encourage prospective mentees who aren’t paired to apply again next year, and their applications will be prioritized. 

Q: I really enjoyed being a mentor. Could I volunteer to mentor for the program next year?

A: Yes!