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Navigating the complex waters of employment can be daunting and difficult, and in the ever changing, competitive Engineering industry, having a mentor may significantly help an individual to grow and develop as a professional.
Mentorship allows for important skills and knowledge to be transferred from a mentor to mentee, whilst developing a professional relationship that offers support and guidance to the mentee. In addition, mentorship provides experienced engineers the opportunity to give back to the industry and further develop their leadership and management skills, which is often realized to be equally beneficial.
In an attempt to assist the development of young professionals in our industry, a formal mentorship programme is proposed.
- Objectives of the Programme
- To develop a formal mentorship programme in order to promote the development of young professionals in the Engineering Industry.
- To promote the transfer of knowledge and skills to young professionals in the Engineering industry.
- To provide a platform for both working and retired, experienced professionals to contribute to the Engineering sector.
Mentors are expected to be individuals from CESA member firms with relevant professional experience. These individuals must meet the following requirements:
- Mentors for category: Graduate Engineers, Technologist and Technicians – 5 or more years of experience.
- Mentors for category: Mid-level Engineers – 10 or more years of experience.
- Mentors for category: Senior Engineers, Technologists and Technicians – more than 15 years of experience. Mentors in this category do not have to be part of CESA member firms and may include retired professionals. Must be professionally
- Mentors for category: Professional Registration Applicants – more than 8 years’ experience. Registered with ECSA as PrEng, PrTechEng etc. Well versed with the ECSA registration process, preferably registered as Mentors with ECSA.
It is important to note that Mentors in this category will provide additional support to the candidate during the registration process and will not act as Mentors who supervise the candidates training.
Additionally, mentors should have the following qualities:
- Genuine interest in uplifting other individuals.
- Good listening skills.
- Willing to dedicate time for the mentee.
- Be able to import knowledge and offer advice.
- Be able to stimulate thinking and encourage the mentee to solve their own problems.
- Required Time Commitment
It is proposed that the mentee and mentor commit to a six-month period, during which they will meet for a minimum of 1 hour per month. CESA GS YPF will be responsible for the initial introduction and pairing of mentees to mentors, thereafter mentees are responsible for initiating meetings and planning accordingly.
- From mentors
- Commitment of minimum 1 hour a month on a voluntary basis, with the ability to meet remotely if required.
- Act as an advisor and coach: provide advice, guidance, and feedback; share their experience and expertise as appropriate; act as a sounding board for ideas and action plans.
- In terms of ECSA Registration – provide guidance regarding professional registration process and requirements and submission.
- Required Time Commitment