Welcome to the BAMM – Mentorship Program!
As a part of BAMM’s mission to be a resource to the global mobility community we have developed a mentorship program. The goal of the program is to leverage the vast experience of our membership as mentors to help guide future leaders and seasoned professionals entering the mobility industry. As a mentee, those looking to expand their knowledge and/or professional network will now have the ability to connect more effectively with our organization, feel welcomed and have a valuable advocate to turn to in their career development.
What Does a Mentor Do in the Mentoring Relationship?
The mentor should be the one to take the initiative to make the initial contact with the mentee (as soon as the match is made) and elicit the mentees goals and expectations. A mentor listens carefully to his or her mentee’s goals, strengths, and struggles. Based on those goals, the mentor supports the mentee in meeting his or her goals through questioning, providing guidance and feedback, sharing his or her own experiences, and possibly connecting the mentor with other individuals or groups who could help. Every mentoring relationship will unfold differently based on the individuals involved, but the purpose of mentoring is not to tell the mentee what to do, but to help the mentee make his or her own informed decisions. The mentor should be supportive, not critical or negative, and should remember that everyone’s experiences and priorities are different.
Responsibilities of the Mentor
● Facilitate introduction meeting
**IMPORTANT NOTE: In person or via phone. It’s important to remember that face to face meetings with the mentee are nice but not critical to the success of the mentorship. Structured phone meetings can be just as effective**
● Attend BAMM quarterly meetings with mentee
● Assist mentee with introductions and network development
● Be a valuable resource to the mentee on industry questions
● Provide updates and constructive feedback on the program to the BAMM Board
What Does a Mentee Do in the Mentoring Relationship?
A mentee communicates his or her goals and professional situation clearly to the mentor. He or she listens critically and objectively to the feedback and guidance received, keeping in mind that the mentor is speaking from his or her specific experience and priorities. It’s up to the mentee to ensure that the relationship is beneficial by keeping in contact, clearly communicating expectations, actively addressing problems, and asking for help when needed.
Responsibilities of the Mentee:
● Become an active member in the BAMM community
● Utilize your mentor, gain knowledge through their experience
● Attend meetings, sponsoring events, and encouraging colleagues to attend
● Be aware of confidential discussions – some policies, procedures & discussion may not be shared with others
● Become a future mentor!
Setting Goals and Expectations
Both the mentor and the mentee should start by discussing their expectations for the mentoring relationship. This should be clarified as soon as possible, because not understanding each other’s expectations for the relationship could lead to disappointment. A mentor should ask his or her mentee about what the mentee’s goals are and what he or she is looking for from the relationship. Mentees should be clear about what they hope to get out of the mentoring relationship, particularly with respect to goals, which will form the foundation of their work with the mentor. Issues like frequency of meetings, availability, and modes of contact should be agreed upon from the start.
Mentors and mentees should mutually agree to the frequency of meetings and duration of mentorship needed in order to achieve the goals defined at the beginning of the mentorship.
Download the - Mentorship Smart Goal Worksheet
The questionnaire is designed to help identify the most effective mentorship pairings, identifying topics of interest, and providing a framework for potential goals and outcomes.
CLICK HERE to take the Questionnaire
Ways to Keep in Contact
The mentor and mentee should establish together which mode(s) they prefer to use to keep in contact:
● Web conferencing (like GoToMeeting Skype or Google Hangouts)
Given that the mentoring relationship requires trust, communications between the mentee and mentor should be kept confidential.
If Things Are Not Going Well
Occasionally, the mentoring relationship doesn’t work out. If this happens, the best way to approach it is to first address the issue with the mentor/mentee. If this does not rectify the problem, contact the Mentoring Program Co-Chairs: Christina Meyers, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sandy Beyer, email@example.com
Timeframe (or six-month period)
We anticipate the mentor/mentee relationship to be six month, enough time to span over two meetings; however the length of the relationship should align with the needs and goals that were agreed upon.
At the end of the six-month mentoring period, the mentor and mentee will be asked to complete a survey evaluating their experience with the mentoring program. After this point, the mentoring relationship can continue informally, so long as both parties agree. However, after this point, the mentoring relationship is no longer under the form BAMM Mentorship guidelines.
Selection of Mentee/Mentor
The BAMM Mentorship Team will make the Match based on location, industry and experience.
Introduction & Communications
An email will be sent to both as an introduction. It is then up to the Mentor & Mentee to talk/email/meet. *Meeting at a BAMM event will be important – if the mentor cannot attend please let a corporate associate know or contact the BAMM Mentorship Chair to arrange for another person to meet the Mentee.
Thank you for your support and commitment to BAMM!