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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.

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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  • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • 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?