Mentoring FAQs

GENERAL


Do I need to be a member of the NCACPA to participate as a mentor or mentee?
Yes. Both mentor and mentee must be members of the NCACPA.

Is there a fee associated with using Mentoring Connection?
No, there is no extra charge to use this resource.

Do I have to enroll by a certain date?
No, you can enroll at any time.

Who are the mentors? 
Mentors are other members who have volunteered their time to support other members' careers.

Who are the mentees?
Mentees are other members who need you to help support their careers.

What is the minimum time commitment?
We recommend you consider committing to each other at least one hour per month for a minimum of six months, but this is entirely up to the mentor and mentee.

Are the mentor and mentee required to meet in person?
Although face-to-face meetings may be preferable, you can meet by telephone, email, or use video communications. It is up to the mentor and mentee to determine what works best for them.

What is the best way to start the initial meeting between the mentor and mentee?
A good place to start is to talk about your individual backgrounds on a professional and personal  basis. It is up to the mentee to determine what type of guidance is needed by the mentor, decide on the goals they have in developing the mentoring relationship, and communicate those things to the mentor.   

Can I get continuing education credit for participating in this mentoring program?
No, at this time the program is not approved for CPE purposes.

 

FOR MENTORS


Can I be a mentor and a mentee at the same time?
Yes, you can do so by enrolling and creating separate profiles under the mentor and mentee sections.

How does a mentor find a mentee? 
The mentor will receive an email from the mentee requesting the mentorship.  The mentor will be prompted to accept or reject the request. 

Can I have more than one mentee?
You may have up to three mentee relationships at one time.  We do recommend that you be judicious in accepting mentees who are most suited to learn from your expertise and experience, and that you are able to adequately meet the needs of each mentee.

How do I end a mentoring relationship?
If the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
If the mentoring relationship isn't working out, please kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your mentee. Go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

Is there any sort of recognition for serving as a mentor?
Yes, as an active program participant, you will receive a "ribbon" or "badge" in your member profile identifying you as a mentor. 

 

FOR MENTEES


Do I have to enroll by a certain date?
No, you can enroll at any time.

Can a mentee have more than one mentor?
No. A mentee can only have one mentor at a time.

How do I find a mentor?
Once you have completed your profile and enrolled as a mentee, visit the "Mentor Directory" page and select the criteria you want to use for your mentor search. In the search results, click on the mentors' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, click on the green mentor badge (seen below the mentor's profile image) to send the mentor an email request.

What happens if the mentor does not accept my request?  
Please allow one to two weeks for a mentor to respond. NCACPA staff will send a reminder to the mentor. If the mentor has not accepted your request, feel free to send them a message on Connect.

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, ask them to show your relationship as complete, and then start a new mentor search.

 


If you have additional questions, email membership@ncacpa.org