Welcome to the MilSpouse Network’s Mentorship Page!
The goal of our mentorship program is to connect military spouses seeking professional development with a seasoned professional willing to share their knowledge and field experience, fostering personal and professional growth for both individuals.
Benefits for Mentees
- Gaining perspective through consultation and advisement on following a career path that is aligned with your goals
- Navigation of workplace dynamics
- Support in navigating workplace dynamics, employment, and professional licensing processes
- Offering empathy and support related to how the unique challenges of being a military spouse can be surmounted and even used as a professional advantage
Benefits for Mentors
- Increased professional network
- Enhanced self-confidence and interpersonal relationship skills
- Obtain more control and clarity about own professional career
- Learn how to better communicate and deliver feedback in areas of importance such as professional competences and leadership skills
- Enriched resume for personal job growth
To ensure mentors and mentees benefit mutually from the mentorship experience, here are a few helpful suggestions that should be considered:
- Make sure the mentor-mentee pairing is a good fit: Mentoring is greatly influenced by the mentee and the mentor foundation and boundaries. Make sure the relationship is founded on professional interests, needs and goals.
- Be accessible: Whether it means a reoccurring phone call, spontaneous coffee date, or even just brief emails to check in, be available and flexible to each other’s needs.
- Be honest and open: The mentoring experience largely depends on the communication between the mentor and mentee. Embrace open and honest dialogue.
- Enjoy the process: Having the opportunity to obtain a mentoring relationship with tenured or budding professional is often a rewarding growth experience for both individuals. Take time to appreciate the personal growth and potential friendship that can result from the process!
Here are some articles to help you develop and maintain a relationship with your mentor or mentee:
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