American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The Benefits of Mentoring

Reap All the Benefits of Being a Mentee

  • Be a standout
  • Showcase leadership
  • Work smarter, not harder

Mentees gain invaluable insight beyond their own education and experience. Give yourself the edge with the support and guidance of a mentor. Whether you need advice or a sounding board, a mentor can inspire and guide you. ASHA will match you to a mentor based on your personal profile.

Mentoring programs are designed primarily for the benefit of mentees. You are encouraged to begin the relationship with specific goals and expectations-which are typically met by a well designed program. Your benefits may extend far beyond what you planned, and may include:

  • Access to a support system during critical stages of your academic and career development
  • An insider's perspective on navigating your career
  • Clearer understanding and enhancement of academic and career plans
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Direct access to powerful resources within your profession
  • Identification of skill gaps
  • Greater knowledge of career success factors
  • The foundation of a lasting professional network

Are You Ready to be a Mentee? If you can answer "YES" to the following statements, you are a great candidate for the S.T.E.P 1:1 Mentoring Program:

  • I'm responsible for my career goals and would enjoy the benefit of a mentor's guidance to create a plan for success.
  • I'm ready to listen, but I'm also ready to share my ideas so it's a give and take relationship.
  • I'm ready for objective feedback to consider new ideas and new approaches suggested by my mentor.
  • I have realistic expectations for my mentor relationship. No one is perfect and good relationships take honesty, effort and time.
  • I'm busy with school and work, but I'm ready to make a commitment for my future by communicating with my mentor.

One more thing about mentoring: it pays. Employees who have had mentors typically earn thousands more than employees who haven't. Download our Mentoring Manual [PDF] for more good news and how to get the most from this mentoring program.

Exploring the questions brings more wisdom, than having the answer.
-A Course in Miracles

Reap All the Benefits of Being a Mentor

  • Ignite a spark
  • Create a legacy
  • Build your leadership and management skills

Mentors are rewarded by sharing clinical knowledge and skills, helping others succeed, and supporting the profession. All you need is a passion for the profession and a willingness to spend a couple hours per month developing a relationship with a student. Register now and ASHA will match you to a mentee based on your personal profile.

Mentoring requires a willingness to share, listen, and provide advice in a flexible relationship shaped by the needs of the mentee. Just as the CSD professions demand high-quality care and a commitment to help individuals, mentoring is a way for every professional to improve the field, one person at a time. While mentoring programs are designed primarily for the benefit of mentees, mentors enjoy rewards as well. Including:

  • Exposure to the emerging talent pool
  • Ongoing attention to your own career development
  • The satisfaction of imparting wisdom and experience to others without a huge time commitment
  • Enhancement of coaching, leadership, management, and recruiting skills
  • Exposure to diverse thoughts, styles, personalities, and cultures
  • Opportunities for recruitment to our profession and/or your employment setting
  • A way to give back to your association and/or profession
  • A lasting career network

Are You Ready to be a Mentor? If you can answer, "YES" to most of the following statements, you are a great candidate for the S.T.E.P. 1:1 Mentoring Program!

  • I will make a personal connection based on trust and mutual respect and listen to my mentee's needs and concerns.
  • I will help my mentee to define career goals and provide networking opportunities to attain those goals.
  • I will share my knowledge of educational and professional requirements to prepare my mentee for his/her career.
  • I will offer information, advice, references, and resources to assist my mentee's needs.
  • I will offer constructive criticism, but allow my mentee to learn from their mistakes.

Mentoring improves employee retention and performance, too. It also impacts organizational culture by leading to more informal mentoring. Download our Mentoring Manual [PDF] for more good news on getting the most from this mentoring program.

What you give you get, ten times over.
-Yoruba proverb

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