Are You Ready To Be A Mentor? Applications Due March 31
A cornerstone of AAJA’s foundation is to bring up the next generation of journalists through mentoring, education and training. This year, we are strengthening this foundation in the Asia chapter.
N3Con is launching N3ConU as the student experience for the conference. We present several ways for students and young journalists to receive mentorship from industry veterans across the continent, including Resume Doctor and the newly launched Mentor Match, which will give them the motivation, advice and coaching they need to reach the next step in their career.
We need your help to make it happen.
You might be a great mentor if:
- You have 5+ years of industry experience
- You have made at least one major career move (promotion, switching companies, going freelance, retiring from journalism, etc)
- You are familiar with the nuances of your local Asian media industry and work culture
- You have a desire to bring up the next generation of journalists
- You have strong communication skills and understand how to set goals
- You are a leader with initiative to foster a mentoring relationship without oversight
- You would build bridges through your extended professional network for the right mentee
- You will be available to meet with mentees at N3Con in Hong Kong and make yourself available for follow-up conversations
About Resume Doctor
Resume Doctor is a speed-consulting round at N3Con, where mentors sit down for 15 minutes with each mentee to discuss their resume, reel and next career goal. It is a long-held tradition at N3Con.
Mentors will be paired with 4-10 mentees over the course of N3Con, for a total time commitment of 1-3 hours on-site. They will review the mentees’ resumes and other materials such as website or reel and help them understand how to target their next career goal. Mentors and mentees may follow up after N3Con if they wish.
About Mentor Match
Mentor Match is a new program that takes mentoring to the next level, providing a year-long program for pairs to foster a deeper, more holistic mentoring relationship. It is the localized version of AAJA’s Mentor Match.
Applications will be accepted through March 2018. The mentors and mentees will be paired by location, medium, experience level and other factors. The mentoring program will take place from April 2018 to April 2019, and pairs will have the opportunity to meet at N3Con in May 2018. Mentors who are unable to attend N3Con are still encouraged to participate in Mentor Match.
Before mentoring begins, you’ll set the stage:
- How often you will connect: Mentoring pairs should touch base at least once a quarter from April 2018 to April 2019. You can set the dates ahead of time and feel free to touch base as often as the two sides agree.
- How you will connect: Mentoring conversations can take place remotely via email, phone, videochat or any other way you wish to connect. If you do not want to be contacted by chat or phone, you can say so – it’s totally up to you.
- Assess the needs of the mentee: Understand the mentee’s priorities for meeting with you, be it understanding the industry or weighing the options before taking the next step.
- Set goals: Set short and long-term goals with the mentee to gauge progress toward them
- Set ground rules: Make clear where you want to draw the line, such as how often you’ll be available or whether or not you’ll offer your network to help your mentee
- Mentees will be responsible for progress reports throughout the mentorship program
- Both mentor and mentee will sign a commitment agreement at the beginning of the program
During each mentoring checkup, you can ask these questions and more:
- What’s the best story, article, photo, news package, or newsroom accomplishment you’ve attained in the past three months? What made this your best/favorite accomplishment?
- What kind of feedback are you getting on your work? Which peers provide support for your work?
- How satisfied are you with your growth in the past quarter? In what areas would you like to improve? How can you accomplish this?
- How have you progressed toward your goals in the past quarter, or how have your goals changed? What are you doing to work toward them?
- Do you think you should stay in your current job, or should you start looking? Why?
- What opportunities, changes or resources would you look for in your next job?
You may also offer these services:
- Resume tweaking
- Clips critique
- In-person networking tips
NOTE: Selected mentors and mentees must have a paid, active AAJA membership to participate in Mentor Match. Sign up for membership or renew your membership today.
How to Apply
If you are ready to give back to the AAJA-Asia community through mentoring, we welcome you to join our inaugural year of Mentor Match. If that is too much of a commitment, we would also be glad to have you as a Resume Doctor on-site at N3Con.
Fill out this form by March 31, 2018. Mentor Match applicants will be paired with and introduced to each other in April. Resume Doctor pairs will be scheduled in the lead up to N3Con.
If you are a mentee, apply here by March 31.
For questions, email N3ConU coordinator Elaine Ramirez at elaineramirez [at] gmail [dot] com.