Applications are now being accepted for the CUaware Protégé Mentor Program. The program pairs a young professional with a mentor from another credit union for a period of one year. Mentors and Protégés are invited to apply between now and the end of the year.
The free program is designed to be flexible in order to account for the demands of work and life for both protégé and mentor. However, there are some steps you can take now as a protégé in order to enhance the benefit you receive from the program.
"First and foremost, people who would like to be mentored should consider carefully what they hope to gain from the experience," said Jeff Hardin, who coordinates the program. Hardin noted that each year, people coming into the program identify a variety of needs and set very different goals.
"Some employees envision a different role in their organizations, while some might have long-term career goals they would like to build a foundation around," Hardin said. "The CUaware Protégé Mentor program can meet just about any need, but the protégé has to come into the process with a clear understanding of what they want to accomplish."
In order to assist the protégé in setting goals, and both the protégé and mentor get off to a strong start, a resource page for the program provides tips and tools. For the protégé some general tips to consider are included, as well as SMART Goal tips and a personal SWOT analysis tool among other resources. "These can be great to work through before submitting an application," shared Hardin.
After the protégé and mentor pairings are announced, further resources include guidelines for getting the relationship off to a great start and some DISC profile tools (either free and fee-based) that may further support the relationship. "The strength of our program will always be its flexibility since credit union staff get pulled in so many directions," Hardin said "but these tools are provided as a way of putting some thoughtful structure into the very early parts of the process. We've found tools like these to be a great in setting folks up for success in the program."
If you have any questions about the program or need more information, please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063).