As part of our goal to strengthen the Student to Empowered Professional (S.T.E.P.) mentoring community, you will receive regular communication that supports our theme of "Connect! Learn! Empower!". Please engage and share your experiences, so that we can all be more connected.
Establishing Your Mentoring Relationship
Learn ways to enhance your mentoring experience.
Connect, Learn, and Empower
Open discussion format which allows mentors and mentees to communicate with one another about the topic of the day.
Learn a new skill and boost your career potential.
October 1: S.T.E.P. Connection
The name and e-mail of your mentoring partner will be sent out via e-mail from STEP@asha.org. Mentors will receive the goals that the mentees wrote on their enrollment forms to help guide the conversations. Once you have received this message, please introduce yourself to your mentoring partner and talk about by what method (e-mail, text, video chat, etc.) and how often (once a week, twice a month, etc.) you will communicate.
October 8: General Rules to Remember and Guidelines for Mentoring Success
Pages from the mentoring manual will be highlighted to help ensure the success of your mentoring partnership. If you have any tips for success that you would like to share with others, please put them in the S.T.E.P. Discussion Group on the ASHA Community.
October 15: Basic Roles of the Mentee and the Mentor
Successful mentoring partnerships often allow for flexibility in the roles that participants serve. At times, one might be a coach, a cheerleader, or even a devil's advocate. Many people have one role that they favor over others. However, it's important that participants know the other types of roles they could play. The ASHA Community is a great venue for discussing when to change roles.
October 22: Open Discussion: What Have You Learned That You Want To Pass On To Someone Else?
Participants will share in the ASHA Community tips for being a successful student and professional. Mentees are encouraged to offer tips to each other for lessons learned, and professionals can share case studies and tips that they have learned through their daily work.
October 29: The Value of Networking
With the ASHA Convention coming up, it's important to remember the value of networking and what it can offer you. Networking is not always easy, but connecting with other professionals and colleagues can give you valuable perspectives on your career and work/life balance.
November 12: Tips for Handling Stress: Simplify your Life
Work/life balance is critical to overall well-being and happiness. Tips on how to handle the work/life balance will be shared. Participants are encouraged to share some of their favorites via the ASHA Community.
November 26: Volunteering: Connect with Your Professional Organizations
Members often wonder how to become more involved in their association. This week we will share and discuss ways members can volunteer and give back to their professional community. For example, affiliates from ASHA's Special Interest Groups will share their volunteering experiences. However, we encourage everyone who attends to share their own experiences with the group.
January 14: Celebrate National Mentoring Month
Honor and give thanks to those that helped you on your journey!
January 28: Resume Writing: Set Your Resume Apart from the Competition
ASHA's Human Resource department will serve as topic experts and provide tips for writing your resume. Both mentors and mentees can benefit from discovering what human resource personnel look for in resumes.
February 11: Open Discussion: Employment Settings: Where Should I Work?
The open discussion format in the ASHA Community will feature mentors and mentees, who will share experiences working in different settings. Many mentees are trying to determine which setting would be their best fit. This is the chance to ask all mentors about their experiences in their respective work settings. We encourage everyone to participate, ask questions, and share experiences.
February 25: Interviewing to Get the Job You Want
ASHA's Human Resource department will serve as topic experts and provide tips for successful interviews.
March 11: Open Discussion: Clientele: Who Should I Work With?
The open discussion format in the ASHA Community will feature mentors and mentees, who will share their experiences working with clientele from various age groups and ability levels. This is the chance to ask all mentors about their experiences with different clinical populations. We encourage everyone to participate, ask questions, and share experiences.
March 25: Get the Most From a Job Offer
ASHA's Human Resource department will serve as topic experts and provide tips for successful negotiation.
April 8: Open Discussion: Lessons Learned
As the program comes to a close, please share what you have learned from you participation in the S.T.E.P. program and also what you would want to share with future participants.
Contact Your S.T.E.P. mentoring coaches at firstname.lastname@example.org.