CPRS Vancouver’s Mentorship Program gives PR practitioners a wonderful opportunity to benefit from the guidance of fellow experienced public relations professionals. Mentorship is available for all members, with opportunities for mentorships based on experience, sector, specific skills, and APR designation.
CPRS Vancouver members have an opportunity to apply to be mentors and mentees, and will then be paired for a formal four-month program. There are four types of formal mentorship that mentors and mentees can apply for:
The formal program requires that mentors and mentees:
Mentors and mentees will be matched based on a number of factors, including experience, shared career interests (industry type, organization type, job functions) and location.
Registration is closed for the 2019/20 mentorship cycle. We'll open next season in November 2020.
Mentoring keeps you current: your mentee can provide insight into current education tools, trends and skills. Mentoring also allows you to exercise your own skills by applying your knowledge to assisting other professionals.
Mentoring allows you to give back: as a mentor, you can help shape the next generation of communications professionals and further the industry by setting standards for tomorrow’s practitioners.
Mentoring earns you APR Points: Accredited APR members earn one point/maintenance credit per year (as a professional activity).
Mentoring helps you recruit talent: being a mentor helps you tap into the hidden job market by giving you access to a pool of serious and committed PR professionals.
“It’s too time-consuming.” You are a busy professional and your time is precious, that’s why mentoring only requires a couple of hours of scheduled communication throughout the four-month program.
“I’ll be barraged with calls and e-mails.” Mentees are aware that the program only requires three meetings, unless otherwise agreed upon.
“I don’t have time for face-to-face meetings.” Your time is valuable which is why the program only requires one face-to-face meeting and two other meetings, which do not need to be face-to-face.
Please contact CPRS Vancouver with any comments or questions about the CPRS Vancouver Mentorship Program.
"I am new in Vancouver and the CPRS Mentorship has been an invaluable resource that helped me gain skills and confidence needed to grow in my job and the PR industry. My mentor was a great match. She was caring, organized and great at providing guidance in fields I needed to improve to go one step further in my career, such as press release writing, public speaking and building relationships with journalists. I am still in contact with my mentor and I know I can count on her whenever I need help or advice. I definitely recommend the mentorship program to all new PR practitioners."
"I’ve always wanted a mentor, but didn’t know how to go about finding one. The CPRS Mentorship Program made it easy to find a mentor in my field who was really interested in guiding me. The mentor I was paired with was awesome – he had great insight and helped me gain confidence in my abilities and instincts. It also helps to share thoughts with someone outside your organization who has a fresh perspective. Though the official course of the program is over, we are still in touch and I am grateful to have this continued guidance. I would highly recommend the CPRS Mentorship program to any budding PR practitioner!"