2017-2018 Mentoring Program

2017-2018 Mentoring Program

Each year MPPAW matches mentees and mentors through its rewarding Mentoring Program. We will be offering the program again this year and encourage you to consider participating in the local Industrial/Organizational Psychology community through this unique and valuable experience. The program runs October 2017 through May 2018. Both mentees and mentors benefit from the mentoring relationship – mentees receive guidance and support from an experienced professional, while mentors benefit from giving back and helping others to grow and develop.

Mentoring Program Participants

  • Mentees are typically students, recent graduates, or professionals who are early in their career or are transitioning to a field related to Industrial / Organizational Psychology. Mentees must be current members of MPPAW. Mentees benefit from the perspective of an MPPAW member and may receive guidance on a number of areas, depending on their unique needs, such as:
    • Career advice
    • Networking
    • Tips on interacting professionally
    • Internship / job searching and interview preparation
    • External v. Internal Consulting
    • The different roles and paths within the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Mentors are internal or external practitioners working in the field of applied psychology who want to give back to others by sharing their perspectives and providing guidance based on the mentee’s needs. There is no minimum amount of work experience required. While MPPAW membership is encouraged, mentors do not have to be current MPPAW members, provided that they have relevant education and/or work experience. Mentoring is a great way for professionals to:
    • Gain coaching and leadership experience
    • Help someone newer to the field with their career goals
    • Learn about new advancements in the field
    • Apply interpersonal skills
    • Build networking connections
    • Give back!

Structure of Mentoring Program

The MPPAW Mentoring Program is loosely structured in order to provide maximal flexibility for mentees and mentors. The time commitment is approximately one hour per month. There are two program tracks available:

  1. Group Mentoring: Mentees meet in a group setting, facilitated by one or more experienced practitioners. This track is best suited for those who want a broad introduction to career options in I/O Psychology, desire general career / professional guidance, and would benefit from learning from both experienced professionals and peers who are early in their I/O journey. Group Mentoring is a good place to start for first year students or those who are new to I/O. Group Mentoring is also well suited for those who prefer to meet during the social hour directly prior to the MPPAW meeting, as this is when the Group Mentoring sessions are held.
  2. One-on-one Mentoring: Mentees are matched with an individual mentor for one-on-one meetings. Matching is based on the mentee needs and objectives provided in the application process, as well as availability of 1:1 mentors. The one-on-one mentoring track is best for those who prefer a more intimate / personal development experience or who already know their areas of interest and need a deeper level of career exploration.

The MPPAW Mentoring Program will make every effort to honor mentee’s mentoring track preferences and will make final determinations based on a number of important factors such as mentee objectives/needs, mentee/mentor fit, number of available mentors, group mentoring capacity, etc.

Note that we are always in need of mentors to meet the increasing desire for mentoring. If we do not have enough one-on-one mentors or capacity in the group mentoring, we may need to ask some mentee to defer their participation to the following program year.

MPPAW will provide the following support in the mentoring relationship:

  • Thorough matching of mentees and mentors based on needs, objectives, experience, etc.
  • Provide a Goal Agreement Form for mentees and mentors to complete at the start of the program to effectively communicate goals and set guidelines with one another
  • Facilitated kickoff meeting for all mentees & mentors (to be held at the October 2017 MPPAW Meeting)
  • Guidelines for successful mentoring relationships
  • Program check-in halfway through the program
  • Optional social / networking event for mentees and mentors

Requirements of Mentoring Program

Participants are asked to commit to the following:

  • Meet once a month (either in person or virtually) during the MPPAW program year (October 2017-May 2018, following the October 2017 mentoring kick-off). Mentor meetings are typically one hour in length, but can be modified based on the needs of the participants.
    • We strongly recommend connecting in-person for at least some of the mentoring meetings, as this helps build the relationship and creates a more personal connection. However, we understand that meeting in-person is not always feasible and that other methods (e.g., Skype, FaceTime, phone) may be needed.
    • MPPAW does not check or enforce monthly meetings between mentees and mentors; rather, we provide you with a foundation for mentoring via mentee/mentor matching and the Mentoring Program Kickoff event, and allow participants the flexibility to schedule meetings at their convenience.
    • Note that Group Mentoring participants will meet during the Social Hour prior to the monthly MPPAW meetings. One-on-one mentoring meetings may occur during the MPPAW social hour or at another time/location of mutual agreement.
  • Complete a Goal Agreement Form. This document assists mentees/mentors in discussing goals; preferences for meeting frequency, times, and locations; accountability for scheduling meetings and providing discussion topics. (It is generally recommended that mentees own the scheduling of meetings and drive the agenda topics.)   The Goal Agreement Form is for support / guidance only and does not need to be submitted to the Mentoring Program.
  • Share questions, concerns and relevant professional issues with your mentee/mentor.
  • Learn from one another! Mentors should provide career advice, direction, feedback, and support while mentees should share their own expertise and interest with their mentors.
  • Participants are also encouraged to attend the following events (although attendance is not mandatory and will not disqualify you from participating in the program):
    • Mentoring Program Kickoff: 5 – 6 p.m. during the Social Hour of the October MPPAW meeting. We strongly encourage attendance at this event, as it will allow for face-to-face introductions and an optimal start to your mentoring relationship. (If you are unable to attend this event, please inform your mentee/mentor. Kickoff materials will be provided to all participants via email following the kickoff.)
    • Social / networking event halfway through the program. This event is open to all participants as a way to network and share experiences and insights with fellow MPPAW mentors and mentees. This event is typically held in January or February; details will be communicated in advance to all program participants.



Mentees and mentors are required to complete a short application (10-15 minutes for mentees; 5-10 minutes for mentors), which will assist the MPPAW Mentoring Program in creating the best matches for participants. Please submit your application by September 30, 2017. We look forward to your participation!

Mentee Application link

Mentor Application link


Important Dates

  • Applications are due September 30, 2017.
  • Mentor and mentee “matches” will be announced October 6, 2017.
  • The Mentoring Kickoff (for both 1:1 and Group Mentoring) will be held during the social hour (5 – 6 p.m.) at the October 2017 MPPAW Meeting on Wednesday, October 18. (Note that MPPAW meetings are normally on Tuesdays, but the October 2017 meeting will be held on a Wednesday.)


For more information about the program, please contact the Mentoring Program Co-Coordinators, at mppawmentoringprogram@gmail.com

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