The CPRS Vancouver Mentorship Program gives practitioners a wonderful opportunity to benefit from the guidance of fellow experienced public relations professionals. Mentorship is available for all members, with opportunities for relationships based on experience, sector, specific skills, and APR designation.
The CPRS Vancouver mentorship program creates mutually beneficial relationships amongst members whereby members exchange knowledge about the profession and, ultimately, aid one another in enhancing their careers.
CPRS Vancouver chapter 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:
Novice/student and experienced member
A specific sector (e.g., government, hospitality, etc.)
Knowledge or special skills (e.g., public engagement, social media planning, etc.)
Accreditation support for obtaining an APR designation
The formal program requires:
Commit to the full four months of the mentoring relationship
Attend the kick-off event and end event
Meet at least three times throughout the program; at least one meeting must be in person; suggestion is one meeting a month
Report back to CPRS about the mentoring experience; once during the three-month program and once at the end
Be punctual and prepared for each meeting
Give advanced notice if a meeting must be postponed
MATCHING MENTORS & 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.
- November 12, 2018 – Registration opens
- November 30, 2018 – Application deadline
- December 2018 – formal program mentor/mentee pairings finalized and communicated to participants
- December or January 2019 (exact date, TBA) – Kick-off event (information and networking social)
- Jan-April, 2019 – Formal one-on-one mentorship program, participants must meet at least three times
- June 2019 – wrap-up event
- June 2019 - participant feedback survey
Please contact Deneka Michaud, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
Application is now closed for the 2019 program