What is Mentor Match?
Mentor Match is the latest addition to an expanding line-up of services to support members’ networking and professional development needs. The program is designed to connect FEI members for a one-on-one mentor relationships. It is user-driven, allowing users to search using specified criteria to find individuals whose experience and expertise match your needs.
How and when do I sign up?
Enrollment is open year-round! It only takes 5 minutes to complete the online enrollment form. Once enrolled, you will have access to the mentor and mentee directory and can reach out via private message within the FEIconnect community system to find out if there is a mutual interest.
What can I expect from participating?
Learning is a lifelong experience. Whether you are a Mentor or Mentee, the opportunity for personal growth will always be present. In doing so, your network will also expand which is essential to staying engaged in the profession.
How long does a mentoring relationship last?
That is mostly up to you and your mentor/mentee! We recommend, at a minimum, you engage at least one hour a month for six months.
Does my match have to be local?
No, you do not need to live near each other for a successful relationship. Just find a preferred communication method -- email, Zoom, phone, etc.
Is there a fee associated with using Mentor Match?
No, it’s a benefit of FEI membership.
How are Mentors and Mentees matched?
Each party will be able to search for potential matches based on the criteria they are looking for. The search results will list possible connections from which you can make individual selections. The key to a good match is to complete your profile.
How do I become a Mentor?
If you are an FEI member, click here to enroll as a Mentor. You will be instructed to choose your preferences for various demographics and also to complete your member profile.
Who are the Mentees?
Mentees are other members who need you to help support their careers. They are also rising stars from FEI member companies and student scholarship recipients from FEI Chapter and universities where FEI currently has a mentoring relationship.
Can I have more than one Mentee?
Yes! How many depends on how much time you are willing to devote to the relationship. We recommend no more than three mentees at any time.
How do I find Mentees?
Go to the "Find a Mentee" page and select the criteria you want to use for your Mentee search. Click on the Mentees'' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, click on the Mentee badge (seen below the Mentee's profile image) to send the Mentee an email request.
How will I know if a Mentee has selected me as their Mentor?
You will receive an e-mail from the Mentee requesting you to be their Mentor. You will be prompted to accept or reject the request.
Is it okay to reject a request?
Yes, but there should be a good reason to do so. We encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually fulfilling. If a potential Mentee has misinterpreted information in your profile, you may find him/her to be an inappropriate match. If you want to decline a request, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.
What if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for an extended period of time?
Go to the "Mentor Enrollment" page, click the “Mentor Status” link and select “Temporarily Not Participating.” Doing this will indicate that you are not accepting any Mentee requests at the moment, and your mentoring profile will not be included in a Mentee’s search for a Mentor. It is your responsibility to communicate your availability to your existing Mentees.
How do I end a mentoring relationship?
It’s best to be up front and discuss the length of the mentorship at the onset of the relationship. Once the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
What are the expectations for participating Mentors?
We expect that you will fulfill your commitment to develop at least one mentoring relationship. We expect you to respond to initial requests from Mentees in a timely manner, and that you communicate with your Mentees as agreed upon by both you and your Mentees.
How much time will I need to invest as a Mentor?
FEI recommends mentoring relationships last for approximately 6 hours of active mentoring time, or about 1 hour a month for 6 months. We also encourage you and your Mentees to agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship. Keep in mind that mentoring doesn’t necessarily require large amounts of your time. Even brief phone calls or e-mail exchanges with you can make a big difference to your Mentees.
How do I become a Mentee?
Click here to enroll as a Mentee. You will be instructed to complete your member profile.
Who are the Mentors?
FEI members who have volunteered their time to support your career.
Can I have more than one Mentor?
While there is no limit to the number of mentoring relationships you can establish, we recommend that you be judicious in selecting only Mentors who are most suited to your mentoring needs. Please keep in mind that Mentors have limited time to offer and may have other Mentoring relationships.
How do I find a Mentor?
Go to the "Find a Mentor" page and select the criteria you want to use for your Mentor search. Once you have found a good match, send the Mentor an email request.
What should I do if I don’t hear from the Mentor I requested?
If you don’t hear from the Mentor within one or two weeks, feel free to contact them using the contact information found on their profile page. If you still don’t hear from them, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if the Mentor isn’t the right “fit” for my needs?
Sometimes, regardless of the information provided, Mentors and Mentees don’t always "fit." If this happens, we suggest that you discuss your decision honestly and kindly with your Mentor; thank them for their time then start a new Mentor search.
Where can I meet with my Mentor?
It is up to you and your Mentor to decide how, when and where you want to pursue your mentoring relationship.
How long does the mentoring relationship last?
We recommend that you and your Mentor agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship.