Calling all emerging professionals and students! VRA offers Year-Round Mentorship!
General Mentoring: New members receive networking and professional guidance opportunities and resources.
Annual Conference mentor program: Each year VRA has many members who are attending their first or second conference. Even with user-friendly conference programs a newcomer may have questions or need advice. The Annual Conference Mentor Program matches a seasoned conference-attendee (mentor) with such a first-timer. This is a fun and collegial program that has had much success and positive feedback. Both mentors and mentees have found the program greatly enhances their conference experience.
Peer Resume & Cover Letter Program: VRA members may wish to take advantage of the Peer Resume and Cover Letter Review Program in which peer reviewers from different career points and perspectives in VRA volunteer to look over resumes and cover letters via email throughout the year.
Mentors: VRA members for 3 years or more who are reasonably well acquainted with the Association.
Mentees: Any VRA member seeking new connections within the Association or professional guidance from peers.
Mentors should contact their mentee via email or phone. If possible mentors are encouraged to meet their mentee in person, invite him or her to local chapter meetings, make introductions and in general make them feel welcome to the Association. In addition the mentor should answer questions or provide guidance on matters related to visual resources concerns that the mentor feels qualified to counsel on.
Term of Mentorship:
While we hope that many mentors will form lasting professional associations with their mentee, the mentoring commitment can be understood to consist of a few phone calls to field questions, a face to face meeting if possible, and invitations and introductions at local chapter meetings or at the Annual Conference. This type of commitment can be discharged within 1 to 6 months depending upon the schedule of the local chapter or annual conference.
Potential Mentors and Mentees will be asked to complete a questionnaire. This will assist the Mentor Coordinator in making the best match possible. The first priority will be to match members within the same local chapter. Members outside the area of a local chapter will be matched with the next best suitable member.
Administration of the Program:
The Membership Committee’s Mentor Coordinator administers the Year-Round Mentor Program, and matches individuals who have expressed interest in being mentors and mentees. The Membership Services Coordinator provides Chapter Chairs with a list of new members quarterly. Chapter Chairs should reach out to new members to inform them about the program as a benefit of membership. Chapters may choose to have a program coordinator to ensure that new members are made aware of the program and that the program is running as intended.
If any difficulties are experienced by either party they are encouraged to contact the local chapter program coordinator or the Membership Committee’s Mentor Coordinator. After 6 months, the Membership Committee’s Mentor Coordinator will contact both parties to assess their satisfaction with their mentoring experience.
Learn more: http://vraweb.org/opportunities/mentorship/
If you’ve been a VRA mentee or mentor feel free to share your experiences in the comments!