Mentorship is about support, knowledge, and insight from those with shared experiences. The chapter recognizes that mentorship can have a powerful impact on a professional’s career and is proud to now offer this invaluable opportunity for its members.
What is the Mentorship Program?
This program provides members with 1 to 4 years in the industry an opportunity to pair with an experienced, long-term member of the chapter and A/E/C industry. Recent members are defined as those who are in good standing and have been a member of SMPS Philadelphia for at least one, and no more than four years. Mentors consist of senior members of the SMPS community in Philadelphia that have more than ten years of experience. Mentors are highly regarded experts in their field with most serving in leadership positions at their firm.
Mentorship pairings aim to provide SMPS Philadelphia members with valuable contacts, personal resources, and respected expertise. The program expands on the chapter’s active program and events calendar and provides a new member benefit for both fledgling and established members of the chapter. Through the mentorship program, participants will create strong, personal relationships – thus enforcing a tenant of the chapter’s mission.
How does it work?
SMPS Philadelphia members with between one and four years of experience in the A/E/C industry are invited to submit applications to become mentees. Applications will be evaluated and pairings of mentors and mentees will be assigned. Pairings will meet face to face four times throughout the programming year as part of the mentorship track events put on by the Philadelphia Chapter. Pairings are also encouraged to speak monthly via phone calls. The program will culminate in the “graduation” of mentorship groups, although it is a goal of the program for mentors and mentees to continue their relationship beyond the confines of the dictated year and meetings.
Year One Schedule:
- Week of Sept 16th – Program accepting mentee applicants
- October 1st – Applications are due
- October 23rd – Program starts with the first mentorship program of the year!
- June – End of programming / program
The mentee application process is closed for the 2019-2020 program year.