ASSP Northwest Chapter has instituted a member mentoring program as a service to its members and prospective members. This allows current members a way to give back to the safety community and share their experience with up and coming professionals. Additionally, it allows those looking to network and seek counsel from experienced professionals a way to achieve their goals.
The mentor program seeks to help any member who would like to talk to a seasoned professional about specific safety topics, leadership and management tips, or career development advice in general. The mentor program is designed to provide newer or transitioning members of Northwest Chapter with opportunities to benefit from the insights and lessons learned of more experienced safety professionals.
The ASSP Northwest Chapter mentoring program strives to be a mutually beneficial, interactive relationship between two people in which one person (the mentor) provides perspective, coaching and support relative to the personal and professional development of the other (the candidate.) The program is open to all active and student members of ASSP Northwest Chapter who want to improve their network, gain and share industry knowledge, and develop new skills.
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If you have any questions about the Northwest Chapter Mentor Program, please contact Mark Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Objectives of the Mentoring Program
- To allow participating members the ability to share ideas, experiences and information about technical and administrative aspects of the safety profession.
- To share resources that have proven to be a positive influence as a safety professional gains experience and knowledge in their field.
- To allow veteran safety professionals an opportunity to share their experience and influence future leaders of Northwest Chapter.
- To assist those candidates who are willing to learn and open to hearing other experiences, viewpoints, and judgments.
Guidelines for Setting Up the Mentor/Candidate Relationship
- A list of mentors will be solicited annually from the body of ASSP Northwest Chapter’s membership. This list will be organized by the Membership Chair, and mentors and candidates will be teamed based on a review by the Membership Chair, Treasurer, and Vice President (the Mentoring Program Committee).
- The Mentoring Program Committee will periodically solicit feedback from mentors and candidates to assure the program is operating as intended and to evaluate the need for changes when necessary. This will allow participants to share their views on the overall experience and suggestions for improvements to the program.
- Each mentor can choose to work with one or more candidates simultaneously, according to their own desires and time availability.
- Candidates to be mentored will be able to apply for the program at any time by submitting an application via the Chapter website. A mentor will be assigned based on availability.
- All information from the application process and that exchanged between the mentor and candidate will be held in strict confidence.
- It will be up to the mentor and candidate to set up regular times to meet according to their convenience and schedules. It is expected that the mentor will reach out to set up the first meeting. Frequency and duration of meetings should be agreed upon by the mentor and candidate during the first meeting.
- Meetings can be in person, on the phone, or via email. It is suggested that the first meeting and occasional subsequent meetings be held in person.
- The duration of the mentor/candidate relationship is determined by the participants.