Take Charge Of Your Career Through Mentoring! Applications Due March 31
A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you. Those are the words of Bob Proctor, a self-made millionaire, and they ring true for the career-driven in any industry.
Whether you’re a mid-level journalist or a student preparing to graduate, we could all use a little direction sometimes. We at AAJA-Asia are following that philosophy by providing you with the tools for you to target the next stage of your career.
At N3Con, we are running two programs to help you shape your career goals: Resume Doctor and the all-new N3ConU Mentor Match, a yearlong mentoring program.
Both programs are open to students and journalists of all levels with a current AAJA membership. You may apply for both programs, but matches will depend on mentor availability.
Mentors can apply here by March 31. For mentees, scroll to the bottom for the application.
About Resume Doctor
Resume Doctor is a speed-consulting round at N3Con, where mentors sit down for 15 minutes to discuss your resume, reel and next career goal. It is a long-held tradition at N3Con.
Your mentor 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.
This option may be best for you if you cannot commit to a yearlong program.
About N3ConU Mentor Match
N3ConU 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. However, some mentors may not be able to attend N3Con, in which case the pairs should touch base virtually instead.
Before mentoring begins, mentors and mentees 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 your needs as a mentee: Share your priorities for working with your mentor, 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, your mentor may 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?
Your mentor 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 N3ConU Mentor Match. Sign up or renew your membership today.
How to Apply for N3ConU Mentor Match and Resume Doctor
Fill out the form below by March 31, 2018. N3ConU Mentor Match applicants will be paired in April. Resume Doctor pairs will be scheduled in the lead up to N3Con.
For questions, email N3ConU coordinator Elaine Ramirez at elaineramirez [at] gmail [dot] com.