Young Professionals Mentoring Program
What is mentoring and why is it important?
- Mentoring serves to connect young professionals with individuals both within their industry and beyond who can help guide them on a successful career path.
- Experienced professionals can help young professionals navigate their daily responsibilities and can also bestow years of knowledge and experience in other aspects of personal development.
Ten Fairbanks professionals are available to mentor younger professionals in the following fields: airport administration, banking, education, human resources, legal, military, nonprofit, and nursing.
The Young Professionals Mentoring Program is a 9-month mentoring program designed to cultivate leadership skills within young professionals to propel growth in their careers, finances, and personal lives. There is no charge for mentors. Young Professional Council members will invest $50; non-members will invest $100. You can join YPC for $25 when you apply for the program--a $75 investment altogether. (Fee waivers are available upon request.)
Applications for the 2017/2018 cohort will be accepted through September 8, 2017.
- Entry/mid-level professionals and graduate students are encouraged to apply (no particular age limit).
- Must have an interest in community involvement and a commitment to personal growth.
- Be available for at least 2 hours a month of mentor/mentee interactions (phone, email, Skype/Facetime, in-person) between October 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
- The application requires a resume and a short essay (up to 250 words):
- Spend time thinking through your goals and expectations for this program.
- Your essay should include a description of what you’d like to accomplish and how you think your mentor can help. How might a mentoring relationship improve your situation, skills, etc?
- Mid- to senior-level professionals and retirees with leadership experience and demonstrable professional accomplishments are encouraged to apply.
- Read your potential mentees’ application upon receipt from FEDC to review their goals and expectations.
- Be available for at least 2 hours a month of mentor/mentee interactions (phone, email, Skype/Facetime, in-person) between October 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
- Commit to a standard monthly face-to-face, telephone or Skype meeting schedule and set expectations about how often you will communicate additionally by email, text or phone.
"A mentor is someone who can act as a source of insight, but also just listen without judgment."
September 8 – Application Submission Deadline
September 11-22 – Mentors review potential match application and conduct an optional phone conversation or initial in-person meeting to gauge compatibility.
September 25 – 29 – FEDC confirms mentor/mentee matches and facilitates introductions as necessary
October 1 – 2017/2018 Mentoring Program Launch
June 30, 2018 – 9-month Mentoring Program Conclusion
- FEDC will coordinate Connect 49, a monthly event that allows mentees to improve their networking and social skills. Attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory.
- Quarterly Online Clinics: mentors/mentees call in or log on to exchange ideas, discuss issues & situations