STC Toronto Mentor Program

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Presentation made at Career Day event held on September 25, 2010 announcing the launch of the STC Toronto Chapter Mentor Program.

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STC Toronto Mentor Program

  1. 1. STC MENTOR PROGRAM Your Professional Technical Communication Life-Line Rob Hanna – Program Chair and Senior STC Member 1/30/2015 1STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010
  2. 2. • a mentor is a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, usually a more experienced person • mentors provide expertise to less experienced individuals to help them advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks • a mentor may help to open doors to a particular facet of the profession that is new to the protégé or mentee • a mentor may provide guidance to help a protégé through a transition within the profession 1/30/2015 2STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT IS A MENTOR?
  3. 3. • Technical Communication is a rapidly evolving profession involving new technologies and demands • Mentors help to bridge the gap between the academia and the profession needed to help students enter into and succeed in the workplace • Mentors help their protégés to get the most out of their membership within the society and inspire new leaders to carry on the work needed to foster a dynamic professional association 1/30/2015 3STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHY DO WE NEED MENTORS?
  4. 4. • provide a life-line to our members that may be out of work or looking for a career change • provide outreach to professionals that are considering a career in technical communication • provide experienced guidance to new entrants into the field of technical communication • provide inspiration to fuel committed long-term growth of the chapter • provide an outlet for our senior members to become re-engaged within the society 1/30/2015 4STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE MENTOR PROGRAM?
  5. 5. • any senior STC member in good- standing willing and able to dedicate a minimum of four hours a month to the program may participate as a mentor • mentors may sign on to offer very specific expertise to any narrow segment of the community • mentors must agree to abide by a standard code of conduct as representatives of the STC 1/30/2015 5STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHO ARE OUR MENTORS?
  6. 6. • STC members seeking career assistance are encouraged to participate as protégés within the program • Students enrolled in technical communication programs or studying for a career in technical communications are encouraged to participate • Members of the public investigating a new career in technical communication are welcome to participate • Like our mentors, protégés must agree to abide by a standard code of conduct 1/30/2015 6STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHO ARE OUR PROTÉGÉS?
  7. 7. • the STC Toronto Chapter will support a mentor program committee to develop and administer the mentor program • The program committee will track the effectiveness of the program and make improvements as needed • The program committee will oversee the program and recruit volunteers and mentors into the program • The committee will deliver training and networking opportunities to equip our mentors with the tools and knowledge to better deliver their services • The program coordinators will do their best to match the needs of the protégés with the abilities of the mentors 1/30/2015 7STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT ROLE DOES THE CHAPTER PLAY?
  8. 8. • assistance with – career goals – résumés – portfolio • insight into – new fields in technical communication – tools and best practices – STC programs and services • access to potential – professional references – volunteer opportunities 1/30/2015 8STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO PROTÉGÉS?
  9. 9. • learn more about the profession and industry trends • receive expert career training • gain perspective on your own career development • network with other senior members • identify upcoming talent that can help you in your business or place of employment • give something back to the profession • recognition and awards through the society • build leadership skills you can use 1/30/2015 9STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO MENTORS?
  10. 10. • You will be – contacted by one of our program coordinators – Sent a package by email that explains the program and includes a protégé profile questionnaire and standard code of conduct form • You send back the profile questionnaire • Coordinator matches you with a mentor • First meeting at monthly STC breakfast for icebreaker – Set date and time for first mentor session 1/30/2015 10STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM?
  11. 11. • One-on-one meeting in a quiet public place such as a coffee shop, food court or library • 60-90 minutes in length • Usually once per month as agreed upon by the mentor and protégé • Mentor may assign tasks or homework as needed to help the protégé • Mentor pairings can run up to one year and will end when the chapter concludes the program year at the AGM 1/30/2015 11STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT ARE MENTOR SESSIONS?
  12. 12. • Other chapters have mentor programs including – STC France – STC Lone Star Chapter – STC Silicon Valley • Our program studied implementation at – STC Orlando (2002) – http://www.stc- orlando.org/education/mentor/mentor.asp – STC Wisconsin (1999) – http://www.stc- wi.org/careerdevelopment/mentor.php 1/30/2015 12STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT ARE OTHER CHAPTERS DOING?
  13. 13. • This is a professional relationship— treat this relationship as a professional opportunity of mutual respect. • Preferences, such as gender, will be considered but cannot be guaranteed. We will try to make the best match. You can refuse a match but it will take longer to find someone to accommodate you • STC Council strives to provide a good experience for mentors-protégés, but any responsibilities for the success of the mentor-protégé relationship lay with the mentor and protégé not the STC Council. • protégé-mentor pairs are recommended based on availability—be patient. 1/30/2015 13STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 MESSAGE TO OUR PROTÉGÉS
  14. 14. • This is a professional relationship— treat this relationship as a professional opportunity of mutual respect. • Be certain about your time available for this commitment so you can be paired with the right protégé. • The mentorship program is not an opportunity to sell products or services; however, as a mentor you are given preferential free space in our (new) vendor section to promote your services. • STC Council strives to provide a good experience for mentors-protégés, but any responsibilities for the success of the mentor-protégé relationship lay with the mentor and protégé not the STC Council. 1/30/2015 14STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 MESSAGE TO OUR MENTORS
  15. 15. • Leave us with you name phone number and email address and one of our coordinators will contact you • Plan to attend the next STC breakfast in October • Look for more information online at http://www.stctoronto.org 1/30/2015 15STC Toronto Chapter – Career Day 2010 WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
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