How do I become a Mentor?
You must be an ASCE member to participate in the program. If you are a member, click here to enroll as a Mentor. You will be instructed to choose your preferences for various demographics. Once you are enrolled you are able to update your member profile.
Can I have more than one Mentee?
We recommend that you be judicious in selecting only Mentees who are most suited to learn from your expertise and experience. Our recommended number limit is two. You can limit the number of Mentee requests you are willing to accept on the Mentoring enrollment page.
How do I find Mentees?
Once you have enrolled as a Mentor, go the "Search Profiles" page and select the criteria you want to use for your Mentee search. Click on the Mentees' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a possible Mentee, click on their profile to send a personal message requesting a Discovery Call. An email will be sent to the Mentee alerting them that they have received a message.
If the Mentor and Mentee have a satisfactory Discovery Call, complete the Partnership Policy and send a formal mentoring request through ASCE Mentor Match. We recommend the Mentee take this initiative. But you can pursue the relationship as a Mentor as well.
How will I know if a Mentee has selected me as their Mentor?
You will receive an e-mail request from the Mentee asking to schedule a Discover Call. Once you have the call and sign a Partnership Policy, the Mentee should send a formal request though Mentor Match in the Mentoring Relationships page.
Is it OK to reject a request?
Yes, but there should be a good reason to do so. We encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually fulfilling. If a potential Mentee has misinterpreted information in your profile, you may find him/her to be an inappropriate match. If you want to decline a request, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.
What if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for a period of time?
Go to the "Mentor Enrollment" page, click the “Mentor Status” link, then click on the check-box next to “Temporarily Not Participating.” Doing this will indicate that you are not accepting any Mentee requests at the moment, and your mentoring profile will not be included in a Mentee’s search for a Mentor. It is your responsibility to communicate your availability to your existing Mentees.
How do I end a mentoring relationship?
If the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
If the mentoring relationship isn't working out, please kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your Mentee. Go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
What are the expectations for participating Mentors?
We expect that you will fulfill your commitment to develop at least one mentoring relationship. We expect you to respond to initial requests from Mentees in a timely manner, and that you communicate with your Mentees as agreed upon by both you and your Mentees.
How much time will I need to invest as a Mentor?
We recommend that you and your Mentees agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship. Keep in mind that mentoring doesn’t necessarily require large amounts of your time. Even brief phone calls or e-mail exchanges with you can make a big difference to your Mentees.
What benefits do I receive from the organization if I participate as a Mentor in the program?
All Mentors are volunteers. As an active program participant, you will receive an ASCE Collaborate ribbon identifying you as a Mentor.