For complete information about application, and to review the orientation webinar, members may visit the Mentoring area.
The OCASA mentoring program is established to support and facilitate the mutual personal and professional growth of college administrative professionals through a learning partnership.
We are pleased to report we have established nine partnerships as part of the pilot.
- Mentoring will be provided on a cross-college basis, using phone, Skype, email, etc.
- Mentoring relationships will be expected to last 12 months.
- Mentoring matches can be based on career support, role support or skills development.
Read the Mentoring Guidebook familiarize yourself with Mentoring Matters, and visit online resources provided below to better understand the value of mentoring, and what each partner needs to bring to the relationship. For more information, contact Erin Roberts, Executive Director, OCASA.
Characteristics of great mentors and mentees
These qualities help support the mentoring relationship.
While you might not check every point, consider your suitability to the program:
“ A great mentor…”
- Is excited to share their knowledge and experience and is an inspiring and motivating role model
- Has had a positive experience with a formal or informal mentor in their own career
- Enjoys contributing to another person’s development and has the time and mental energy to devote to a mentoring relationship
- Is a good listener, and is open to hearing a mentee’s opinions, questions and concerns
- Is effective at giving honest, direct and constructive feedback that encourages development
- Is able to guide a mentee to discover answers, rather than provide the “one right answer”
- Is respectful and non-judgmental of others’ opinions and goals.
“A great mentee…”
- Is willing to take responsibility for setting goals and works towards meeting them
- Values and appreciates the knowledge, guidance and feedback shared by a mentor
- Takes the time to understand the expectations and boundaries of a mentoring relationship
- Is open and receptive to learning from someone who has different experience and skills
- Is ready to accept feedback, even in cases where it may be challenging, and act upon it
- Is willing to apply learning gained from a mentoring relationship in their professional life
- Participates actively by asking questions, considering alternative viewpoints and trying new things