Information for Prospective Mentees
If you're serious about career advancement and professional development, the ITP Mentoring Programme is for you.
People who are mentored almost invariably have a greater understanding of themselves and are in greater control of their own decisions, and consequently advance their own careers at a far faster rate than those that are not.
For Mentees, mentoring can:
- Assist in identifying new areas needed for professional development and growth
- Be a way to gain new insights and knowledge about the profession
- Assist in clarifying career directions
- Provide regular and constructive feedback
- Provide access to professional support and networking opportunities
Mentoring gives you the tools to get ahead, and the ITP Mentoring Programme has been designed from the ground up to advance the career and development of IT Professionals.
Who should be Mentored?
While some people say everyone should be mentored, that's not always the case. The fact is, Mentoring is about individuals taking the next step in career development, hence those that actually want to advance themselves professionally have the most to gain.
Hence if you're serious about moving ahead as an IT professional, mentoring is for you.
It's also important to differentiate Mentoring from Coaching - Mentors should not attempt to advise mentoring clients directly, but should assist them to come to their own conclusions as to how best to achieve their goals.
The ITP Mentoring Programme
The ITP Mentoring Programme matches Mentors and Mentees, provides full training and support for Mentors and helps manage the mentoring relationship over time.
The programme is built around "professional development" or career-focused mentoring - helping clients set clear career goals and objectives, understand that they have the ability to achieve these, and put a plan in place to do so.
In a mentoring relationship, the Mentor and Mentee:
- Identify objectives, goals, and developmental needs
- Define and establish a plan to accomplish the Mentees goals
- Meet regularly in person or via phone to review and evaluate progress
Responsibilities of an ITP Mentee
The following are the responsibilities of a Mentee under the ITP programme:
- With the Mentor, decide on the goals of the individual relationship
- Meet with your Mentor once a month, or as agreed with your Mentor. There is a commitment to meet at least 10 times during the 12 month programme
- With your Mentor decide how contact will occur. For example, face-to-face meetings, phone conversation, with email or some other form of internet communication such as Skype between meetings
- Keep to the agreed contact commitment
- Strictly respect confidentiality
- Communicate with your Mentor
- Ensuring both parties sign and receive a copy of the Mentoring Agreement. A copy should also be sent to: ITP Mentoring Team, PO Box 10-044, Wellington
Eligibility of Mentoring Clients
Members registering for the ITP Mentoring Programme need to meet some basic criteria. Students are not eligible for Mentoring, and mentoring works best for those who have already started their career.
- Be a member of ITP (Associate or above)
- Generally have worked fulltime for more than 12 months
- Be looking for mentoring to reach specific career goals aligned to the tech profession
- Generally be working fulltime now, as mentoring is in relation to your career
What does it cost?
There is a small cost for clients to participate in the Mentoring programme of $199 incl GST for the 12 month programme. This contributes towards the cost of the administration and management of the programme and is subsidised by ITP (the true cost of providing the programme is significantly more).
In many circumstances your employer will cover this cost if applicable.
You can apply to be mentored now.