Professional Associations and Mentoring
Last night I attended the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) Mentoring Kick Off event.
We had the opportunity to learn more about our Mentoring program, which now enables people to seek mentors and mentees across the province of Ontario. We also learned from the wisdom shared by a panel of Human Resources professionals who are actively involved in this program: Nupur Khandelwal, Sania Sanzgiri and Helen Patterson. Even though I’ve been actively involved with this program for about a decade, I learned new things!
Attending the Kick off was also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other members of HRPA.
Professional associations often offer the opportunity for people to join formal mentoring programs. This is a great opportunity! Especially because mentees often have questions they’d like to ask someone who is outside of their organization. That can be to get an outsider’s perspective, or as an extra layer of confidentiality.
I also belong to Business and Professional Women Hastings & Prince Edward (BPW H&PE), which makes me a member of BPW Ontario, BPW Canada and BPW International. Last year, BPW Ontario launched a province wide mentoring program called BPW Ontario Women Strengthening Women. We’re about to launch our second mentoring cohort.
Both of my professional associations leverage the MentorCity online platform (AKA app!) to connect our members from across the province. Shout out to the MentorCity team for providing such a versatile platform, helping people connect in mentoring relationships in Ontario and around the world. MentorCity even offers a free version available to individuals here.
To sum up, I recommend that you join the professional associations related to your field of expertise and interests, in order to make meaningful mentoring relationships that can help you find or create your ideal job.
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