Applications for CPRS Hamilton's 2020-21 mentorship program will be opening this summer.
Each year strong mentor/mentee relationships are formed through the CPRS Hamilton mentorship program.
The program is being designed for both new practitioners/students and those at an early or mid-level career looking to match with a mid- or senior-level Public Relations practitioner.
Below are some frequently asked questions to help you determine if the program is the right fit for you.
What is the time commitement and program structure?
As a member of the CPRS Hamilton Mentorship Program, you will make a seven-month commitment (October 2020 to April 2021) to building a two-way relationship and staying connected.
Together, you will develop a set of goals based on your individual needs and interests and set out a path for how you’ll achieve those goals.
The mentorship committee will provide you with interactive and learning-based event programming and support to help build your relationship.
Important: Mentees are expected to attend the majority of mentorship events.
You must be available to attend the first mentorship match-up event, which will be held in October.
You are committing to join not only a program – but a professional community of other mentees and mentors, in which contribution and active participation is a requirement. You’ll find that the greater the involvement, the better the experience and learning!
What are the benefits of this program?
Being a Mentee can help you develop personal and professional skills and insights that will help you advance in your career. As a mentee you’ll gain:
- Access to an intermediate or senior practitioner in your field of interest who can serve as a guide and confidant as you progress in your PR career.
- An opportunity to gain valuable industry skills and knowledge.
Building essential networking skills as well as establishing a network of PR contacts.
- Guidance with writing your resume, developing your portfolio or other career advice.
Being a Mentor can be a highly rewarding and satisfying experience. Some of the benefits to you include:
- An opportunity to enhance your communication and leadership skills.
A chance to broaden your own network as you become engaged in the world of an intermediate or junior practitioner or PR student.
- A sense of accomplishment and pride as you participate in the successes of your mentee.
- Increased recognition from your peers and professional society for your contributions to our profession.
- Learning through the knowledge of your mentee and other mentees and mentors in the program.
How can I join?
Applications for the 2020-21 program year will be opening this summer.
Important: The program is open to CPRS members only. Visit the CPRS Hamilton Membership page for membership benefits and fees.
An ideal mentor is someone with a minimum of five to 10 years of full-time experience in Public Relations or communications in any employment sector. An APR designation is an asset.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the CPRS Hamilton Mentorship Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
What have previous years' mentees liked best?
As part of the CPRS Hamilton mentorship program evaluation, we asked our program participants to share their feedback.
Here’s what mentees and mentors liked best:
- Networking and practical advice
- Close guidance, supervision and friendly advice of my mentor
- Opportunity to share skills and knowledge
- Learning about the different areas within PR
- Access to a good cross section of mentors with my career
What have previous years' mentors liked best?
- Program is very well organized
- Opportunity to meet and work with emerging PR practitioners
- Opportunity to share expertise and knowledge of the profession
- Opportunity to give back to the profession
- Having something to do for my profession that wasn’t directly related to my work
- Meeting & talking with the students – exchange of ideas.
Group Events Schedule
Six group events take place during the program, from mid-October 2018 to April 2019. Check back soon for the tentative schedule.
In the case of inclement weather, events will be re-scheduled for the following week, time and venue availability permitting.