frequently asked questions
How much time will I need to invest?
We ask you to commit to at least one meeting with your mentor/mentee each month, for the duration of the program (six months). This can be face to face, on skype or over the phone – whatever works for you both. More frequent meetings can be arranged if both parties agree.
How much does it cost?
The first intake of the Event Managers Network mentoring program is free for both mentors and mentees. There is no cost apart from your time.
How much experience do I need to have to be a mentor?
At least five years’ experience working in the events industry is required. Being a mentor means you have significant industry experience and skills that you can pass on to someone with less experience, along with advice and guidance to assist them with their career journey.
To be a mentee, do I have to be working in the events industry?
No, but if you are not currently working in the events industry you need to be intending to work in the industry soon. You might be studying, or considering a career change.
Do I have to meet with my Mentor or Mentee in person or can it be done online or over the telephone?
We require a minimum of one in-person meeting in the first month so you can personally meet your mentor or mentee. During that in-person meeting, you can agree on your preferred method of communication going forward and how frequently you would like to have sessions. You may decide on any combination of in-person meetings, video chat or telephone calls.
What can my mentor do for me?
Your mentor is an experienced professional who can provide valuable insight and advice on the event management industry, and help you make a personal career plan. They will encourage you to make progress on your goals and suggest professional development for you to consider. They can help you reflect on the challenges you are currently facing in your work or study.
Your mentor cannot make a decision for you, manage your career, or use his or her influence for you in any way. While they may offer to introduce you to other people, this is not a requirement or an expectation. They are also not required to act as a reference on your resume. They may agree to do so, but this is entirely at the mentor's discretion.
What should I do if my mentor/mentee and I cannot establish a productive relationship?
If you have any concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
What if I know someone I’d like to be matched with?
We have designed the matching process based on several criteria, and we cannot take requests to be matched with a particular person. If you know someone you would particularly like to mentor or be mentored by, we suggest you approach them personally.
If I apply for the mentoring program, am I guaranteed a match?
We will make every effort to match everyone, but there is no guarantee that we will be able to successfully match you in each intake. Generally, there will be more mentees who wish to participate in the program than mentors. Whilst every effort will be made to involve all applicants in the mentoring program, this is not always possible. If we are unable to match you in the current intake we can offer to roll your application over into one of the following intakes.
What is included in the Event Managers Network mentoring program?
We will match you with a suitable mentor/mentee, and provide you with the contact details required to reach out to your partner.
You will receive an information pack via email that includes resources and templates to enable you to get the most from your mentoring experience.
You will also receive invitations to attend networking events where you can meet and mingle with other mentors, mentees and members of the Event Managers Network.
We will touch base with you regularly via email to ensure meetings are occurring as scheduled, and be available to offer support or answer any questions that may arise throughout the six-month program.