Mentors inspire, encourage, and support you, and contribute to your professional and personal development. You can expect to strengthen and build your network, and gain the skills and confidence necessary to excel.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will I be allocated a mentor? Complete your profile with information on what help you are looking for. We will match you and inform you of your match in due course.
- What am I expected to do? Mentees are expected to "meet" with their mentor for about one hour of support and interaction at least once per month over 12 months. Interaction can take place via phone, email and other web-related tools or face-to-face, as appropriate. Mentors should work with their mentee to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, information on specific skills development, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
- How long will the mentors/mentees be available? We ask our mentors and mentees to make commitments of at least twelve months in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If you must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice.
- What commitments am I expected to make? Mentees are asked to complete initial training and attend two more one-hour webinars over the 12 months, agree to our Code of Practice, and complete online program evaluations as requested.
- Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the mentor know about the situation and contact the Admin immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
- Do I have to use all areas of the online platform? Not at all.
We encourage all participants to use the platform initially to view the connection information for your mentor and become familiar with the tools that are available. The platform has been designed with various functions to assist you on your mentoring journey. It is a personal choice if you wish to use the full function of the platform or not.
Find a Mentor!
Progress your career in Veterinary Practice with the help of a mentor.
- TAKE A PROACTIVE ROLE IN SHAPING UP THE RELATIONSHIP
- Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Balance personal and professional relationship with your mentor.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor and display professional behavior.
- PUT THE TIME WITH MENTOR TO THE BEST USE. Come to meetings with mentor prepared with planned topics.
- Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor at most two days after receipt.
- Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
- If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Recognise that learning client communication and clinical skills takes time and practice
- Be willing to share your fears and concerns
- Be open to seeking professional assistance
- Aim to be an open and active listener, and understand constructive feedback is vital to continuous professional growth
- Ask for advice on everything. Have a purpose in each request.
- Blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
- Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
- Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
- Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.