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 2018 to April 2019) 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 are now open for the 2019-2020 program year.
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 email@example.com