Upskill with mentorship

We are pleased to introduce our NZEA Mentorship Programme for the benefit of our members in this challenging time for the events sector.

Mentorship offers benefits for both the mentor and the mentee – and we’re seeking both.

With NZEA members from all aspects of our sector, we’ll do the legwork to match needs with experience.

Applications for Cohort 1 have now closed, Cohort 2 will commence April 2021

Why become a Mentor?

  • Contribute to your professional development
  • Give back to the industry by sharing your skills and experience
  • Help grow the next wave of event professionals
  • Make a difference by helping others achieve their goals
  • Develop your coaching and leadership skills
  • Included in your member benefits

If you are an experienced event professional - from any aspect of our sector – and feel you have the time, energy and guidance to offer to up and coming colleagues, please read on!

Why become a Mentee?

  • Contribute to your Professional development
  • Broaden your perspective and your network
  • Identity and address gaps in your knowledge and skills base
  • Receive timely feedback and advice from an impartial party vested in your success
  • Receive encouragement and support for growth and improvement
  • Included in your member benefits

If you’re in the starting or mid-phases of your career as an events professional and would appreciate the perspective of a mentor for one or many aspects of your career, we’d love to hear from you, too!

What is the purpose of mentorship?

A mentor may share with a mentee information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling. A mentor may help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources.

Fundamental expectations

Mentors and mentees are responsible for gaining each other’s trust and confidence by

  • interacting morally, ethically, and collegially; and valuing each other’s time, professional and personal commitments.

The role of the mentor

  • Commit to a minimum 6 x 1hr sessions over the programme duration
  • Proactively maintain contact and encourage open communication
  • Build confidence
  • Coach and help problem-solve
  • Share experiences as learning tools
  • Encourage professionalism
  • Admit when something is out of your area of expertise
  • Offer constructive feedback
  • Maintain privacy / confidentiality
  • Provide feedback to NZEA on your mentor experience to help refine the programme

The role of the mentee

  • Commit to a minimum 6 x 1hr sessions over the programme duration
  • Take responsibility for scheduling the sessions at mutually convenient times
  • Be clear on your goal/s for this mentor programme and communicate them openly
  • Actively contribute to discussions
  • Seek and accept constructive feedback
  • Maintain privacy / confidentiality
  • Provide feedback to NZEA on your mentee experience to help refine the programme

Feedback on the Mentorship Programme

As this is a prototype programme, your feedback through debrief meetings and/or questionnaires will be crucial to the on-going success and improvement of the offering.

Timeline

Programme duration: 5 months

Aug 2020 – Programme prototype launch and recruitment of mentors & mentees

4 Sep 2020 - Applications for cohort 1 close

Sep 2020 – Matching and pre-briefing of each group (Zoom call plus supporting docs – attached)

Oct 2020 – Cohort 1 starts

Feb 2021 – Cohort 1 concludes

Feb 2021 – Debrief participants and refine programme

April 2021 – Recruit Cohort 2

Mid April 2021 – Matching and pre-briefing of each group

Late April2021 – Cohort 2 starts

Application process

Applications for cohort 1 close Friday 4 September

To become a mentor

To register your interest in becoming a mentor, please email info@nzea.co with responses to the following:

  • Name
  • Contacts (email / phone)
  • Current organisation and role
  • What do you feel are your particular strengths?
  • What skills do you feel that you would bring to the relationship?

To become a mentee

To register your interest in becoming a mentee, please email info@nzea.co with responses to the following:

  • Name
  • Contacts (email / phone)
  • Current organisation and role
  • What is your main objective in participating in our mentor programme?
  • Are there particular skills or areas of expertise that you are seeking from a mentor?
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