Complete your ACSRD Profile. Make sure your contact information is up to date, add a recent professional profile picture, expand on your bio and import your education and job history information from LinkedIn. Having a complete and accurate profile is crucial to the success of selection and matching. Profile complete? Return back to this page and move on to step 2.
Are you looking to be a mentor or mentee? Perhaps both? Sign up:
Make selections for each of the program demographics to set your preferences. Demographics include: industry sector, career stage, and mentoring communication preference. Some fields are required for enrollment because the more information you provide; the easier it will be to make the best match. Keep in mind, in order to request a mentor or mentee, you must be enrolled in the program.
Use the Rubber Division, ACS Mentor Match Program Directory to input your search criteria. Start by selecting the topic(s) of interest which include:
• Industry Sector
• Career Stage
• Mentoring Communication Preference
Then, select the mentoring venue, career stage, specialties, name and location. You can also take advantage of features to help you find and recruit matches:
- Track your mentoring relationships
- Participate in discussion forums on mentoring topics
- Search for helpful mentoring resources
Congratulations! You're all set. You completed steps 1-3 and are now ready for the fun stuff. Let the mentoring begin. Do one search or multiple searches. If you're unsure of the search criteria, select "Search for ALL of the selected values." The Rubber Division, ACS Mentor Match Program Directory will do the work for you and populate the results.
Next, click on the member's name that you're interested in establishing a mentor/mentee connection with. The link will bring you to their profile page. Look around. If you think it's a desired match, look under their profile image for the blue Mentor Match badge, which when clicked will you allow you to request a connection. If it's not a desired match, you can simply select the back button to return to your previous search results.
WHY HAVE A MENTOR?
Mentoring is one of the methods of teaching and developing an individual, where a more experienced person (mentor) shares their accumulated knowledge and experience with a less experienced individual (mentee). The process of mentoring is realized through four stages:
- Developing a plan for mentee own development - The essence of the stage is in setting up the mentee for the results necessary to them, and the role of the mentor is reduced to observation and minimal assistance in the plan development.
- Independent learning - At this stage, the role of the mentor is limited to the help in non-standard situations and the maintenance of the mentee's motivation.
- Support - The most important stage. During this period, the mentee will most often appeal to the mentor. However, an experienced mentor should not answer the question, but only point to the source of knowledge.
- Evaluation of results - Evaluation should be conducted by the mentee and the mentor should only indicate possible errors in the analysis.
Benefits for mentee:
- Accelerates mentee education
- Develops mentee skills
- Mentee learns to speak out their point of view
Benefits for mentor:
- Mentor can learn new from the mentee
- Develops leadership and mentoring skills for the mentor themselves
Benefits for the company:
- Mentee, under the guidance of the mentor, is unlikely to make mistakes
- Reducing the cost of training of a new employee at the workplace and make it easier for them to adapt to the new environment
- Increasing employees’ loyalty to the company
- The productivity of the mentor/mentee unit is higher than if they work separately
- Decrease in staff turnover
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”
- Bob Proctor
“The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting.”
- Mestrius Plutarchus
"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own."
- Benjamin Disraeli
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
- John Quincy Adams
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
- Napoleon Bonaparte
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
- Rosalynn Carter
“The best teachers are those who tell you where to look – but don’t tell you what to see.”
- Alexandra K.Trenfor
“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.”
- Shawn Hitchcock-
“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”
- Benjamin Franklin
“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”
- Samuel Taylor