What are the benefits of participating in the AIGA CT Mentorship Program?
Mentees will benefit from having someone with experience provide advice and guidance as well as formal and informal networking opportunities. Mentors can develop their leadership skills by sharing their talents and unique perspectives. They will learn from someone who has different strengths and perspectives while also expanding their network into up-and-coming creative professionals.
How much time will this take?
Partnerships are actively supported by AIGA CT for four months (January-April). The time spent on deliverables is dependent on the goals and availability of the participants and unique to each group. We recommend that you meet twice a month for at least an hour at a minimum.
How will I be matched?
Mentees and mentors are matched based on background and preferred experiences provided in their applications. In some cases, when exact interests cannot be matched, mentors and mentees will be contacted and asked if they would consider waiting for the next mentorship period.
How will I communicate with my mentor/mentee?
Communication can take place via the AIGA CT Slack Workspace, in person, by phone, e-mail, and/or virtual meetings.
What will be discussed during meetings?
Mentors and mentees should articulate initial goals for the partnership. The mentoring relationship can focus on several different areas including growing skills, professional development, and/or more concrete deliverables such as a website or refreshed portfolio. Your goals and how you plan to achieve them should be a big part of your conversations. You may also want to talk about business as a whole, client projects, how to utilize business relationships, latest trends and tutorials, etc. Never leave a meeting without confirming your next meeting.
What guidance is provided for mentors and mentees?
AIGA CT will provide frameworks and documents to help groups outline objectives and stay on track. We will also be available to answer questions and help navigate any sticky situations.
What happens at the end of the four-month program?
We celebrate! We will come together as a group and reflect on what we learned. While we will no longer be a part of facilitating your mentorship relationship, we encourage all participants in the program to add each other to their professional networks. We hope you will stay in touch and still find ways to learn from each other. Mentorship is rewarding in any setting.
Can I participate in the mentorship program more than once as a mentor or mentee?
Yes! Both mentors and mentees can participate in the program multiple times in multiple roles. Mentees are encouraged to help others by participating as a mentor in the future.