The mentor program provides PRSA Chicago members with a structured way to share knowledge with peers in a professional atmosphere. There are now two levels of the mentor program:
Level 1 – Newly minted professionals (1-4 years of experience): This level of the mentor program matches professionals with up to four years of experience with mentors with five or more years of experience to provide support in setting and attaining career goals.
Level 2 – Supervisory level (5-10 years of experience): This level of the mentor program matches professionals with five to ten years of experience with seasoned, senior-level professionals who can provide direction and guidance for attaining high-level goals.
PRSA Chicago members with five or more years of experience may be eligible to be both mentors for newly minted professionals, as well as mentees for the supervisory level of the program. Participating in both programs is welcomed and encouraged!
A mentor is a professional who helps a mentee reach his or her professional goals by providing guidance and advice. Mentors have a vested interest in the success of supporting a promising young professional.To qualify as a mentor, you must be a member of PRSA Chicago and have five or more years of experience. Mentor relationships are structured for a term of six months and require at least 2-3 hours of cultivation per month. Longer terms of engagement are possible, pending agreement of both parties.
Mentoring provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of a young professional, while gaining insight into new trends and technologies. The program provides an opportunity to connect with other professionals and network with tomorrow’s leaders today.
A mentee is a young professional with an eagerness to learn and an aptitude for professional leadership. Mentees prepare for meetings and conversations with mentors and welcome constructive advice and feedback.To qualify as a mentee, you must be a member of PRSA Chicago, currently hold a full-time position in your field and have less than five years of experience (for the Level 1 professionals or 5-10 years of experience for the Level 2 mentee). Mentee relationships are structured for a term of six months and require at least 2-3 hours of cultivation per month.
Becoming a mentee provides a formal relationship with an established professional to nurture your career. Mentorship allows young professionals to maximize career potential goals with the support of a well-established professional in your field.