About Mentoring

Come join us as Durham Highlands launches its 2016/17 Mentorship Program.    

First offered in 2006, this highly successful program is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an updated and streamlined approach to supporting committed project management professionals - current and future - to learn from each other by sharing and gaining key business, corporate, organizational and personal insights as we discuss Project Management concepts, knowledge, skills and their applicability in the real world.

Previously a 12-month program, the 2016/17 Mentorship Program will now be offered twice a year – October 2016 to February 2017 and then again from March 2017 to June 2017.  

How is the new program structured?

The Durham Highlands Mentorship Program Committee listened to the feedback from past program participants and researched other PMI Programs to make the following changes to the program:

Mentorship Program

Past

Now

Program Duration

12 month session

4 month session

PDUs

27 - 12 for mentor/mentee pairings, 5 for orientation, 10 for attendance at quarterly community of practice checkpoint meetings

15 - 8 for the mentor/mentee pairings, 7 for attendance at one orientation meeting, two community of practice checkpoint meetings

Registration Cost

$75 (mentors)/$100 (mentees)+ HST

Mentors/mentees pay same price - $40 for members, $30 for students and $50 for non-members

Structure of Orientation/Checkpoint Meetings

Offsite location over meal covered by registration cost

Offsite location with light refreshments covered by registration cost

 

Who should register for the program?

Mentors and Mentees – those who want to learn more about Project Management and those who have experience to share – should consider registering for one of this year’s four month programs. 

  • Through one on one pairings, mentors and mentees work on a mentoring plan to share and discuss PM concepts, knowledge skills and their applicability in the real world.  
  • The orientation and checkpoint meetings add value to the pairing through the creation of a community of practice and an interactive learning approach which augments the mentorship partnership. 
  • Pairings will be encouraged to attend at least two PMI Durham Highlands monthly Chapter monthly meetings during the course of the four month program to learn more from their peers and other Chapter offerings.

 

What are the benefits to registering for the program?

Benefits derived from the program for both the Mentor and Mentee are tied directly to the effort and commitment the participants contribute to the relationship and to the mentorship team as a whole. 

As a participant in the program, you will have a unique opportunity to gain key business, corporate, organizational and personal insight that will enable you to grow as an individual and as a project management leader.

You will be joining a mentorship community which includes 3 meetings per session with a focus on networking and one or more of the key areas on PMI’s Talent Triangle (some examples of which are identified in the chart below).

How do I register?

To register for the one of the four month sessions, please click on the link below and submit your completed application to mentoring@pmi-dhc.ca:

The deadline for registering for the October 2016 – February 2017 session is October 7, 2016.
Fall Session - Closed

The deadline for registering for the March 2017 – June 2017 is March 10, 2017.
Spring Session - Now Open

Once you have completed your payment online, you are to Complete your Participant Profile form and email to:mentoring@pmi-dhc.ca. (REQUIRED for all mentees and mentors for matching)

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What does it mean to be a Mentor?

Mentors are facilitators and catalysts in a process of discovery and insight.   

When you register to participate in the PMI DHC Mentorship Program as a Mentor, you are making a commitment to assist in the growth and development of another individual in the project management profession.

The Mentee will come to rely on you for guidance, advice and counseling.  In this role, it is imperative that you recognize and respect the commitment you’ve made to the program and to the Mentee with whom you have been paired, for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

What does it mean to be a Mentee?

Mentees are any individuals with an interest in learning more about project management.  

When you register to participate in the PMI DHC Mentorship Program as a Mentee, you are asking another individual to make a commitment of extended duration to assist you in your project management growth and development. 

As a Mentee, you will also contribute to the relationship through the knowledge and experience you impart to your Mentor, helping him/her grow as a leader.  In this role, it is imperative that you recognize and respect the commitment both you and your mentor have made to the program for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

Who is eligible to be a mentor?
Typically a mentor will be considered a senior project manager by his/her peers, have 7+ years of experience as a project manager or in project management related roles and have a PMP designation (although not mandatory).

Who is eligible to be a mentee?
Whether new to the profession, enrolled in a project management course or someone with years of project management experience who wants to learn more, mentees are any individual who wants to learn more about project management through a partnership with a mentor.

How much time do mentors/mentees spend in their pairings?
Generally mentors and mentees will spend an average of 1-2 hours per month developing and working through their mentorship action plan.   This can be face to face or over the phone.  Additional mentor time may be required to follow up on suggestions or requests for information provided by the mentor.

What happens at the orientation session?

Mentors and mentees will review materials in advance and come together for an initial orientation at the beginning of the program. The session will cover the requirements of the program and some of the basics about mentorship.  In 2016/17, the two checkpoint meetings will offer continued opportunities to explore concepts together and learn throughout the mentorship journey.

What are the checkpoint meetings for?

Twice during the program, all mentors/mentees and the Mentorship Program Committee come together to discuss successes and challenges, network, socialize and engage in a learning activity consistent with the learning objectives of the participants.  

Testamonials:

I have been involved in the PMI-DHC Mentorship Program for the past two years, and feel that it provides a great forum for Project Managers to improve their skills.  As a mentor I find that it has been a pleasure to help others, but I have also strengthened my PM knowledge and skills with the one-on-one interaction as well as the group sessions. - Peter Gregor, PMP