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USAEE Mentoring Program

The Purpose of the Mentorship Program

Development of USAEE members by one member investing time, energy, and personal know-how in assisting the growth, ability and success of another.

USAEE Members have a deep reservoir of experience and knowledge about energy industries, markets and developments; and also about careers and opportunities. We’d like to make this wisdom and lessons learned available to all members who believe they’d benefit from one – or many - conversations and meetings with other members who are willing to serve as Mentors.

This program is for members of all ages, and in all stages of their career. A student may want help getting that first rung on a career ladder, or junior faculty such as assistant professors may want to learn the experiences from senior faculty to further advance in their academic career. But also, a 40 something may want to leave government, and find work in the private sector; or a 50 something may want to hang up his or her own shingle and start a consulting business. And by the same token, no one should feel too young to offer Mentoring services: Who says Boomers can’t learn from Millennials?

We have therefore established this online Mentoring program clearing house for all members. It is designed to be easy to use and flexible – available to all members in good standing.

Services and Commitment

Mentoring takes time, interest and thought on the part of both Mentor and Mentee. There may be occasions when the Mentee needs only one session; but perhaps several sessions will be required. Time, place and frequency of meetings, calls and emails are up to the Mentor and Mentee to decide, as is most mutually convenient. USAEE will not provide any particular place or forum.

The Mentor

If you wish to be a Mentor, you can provide a wide variety of services. Examples include: career advice, sharing of “lessons learned,” professional contacts, suggested training and conferences, resume review, identification of skill strengths, and how to promote them; and of skills which need improvement; helping to develop a longer range plan; and issues to be faced in changing a career or starting a business. You may wish to work with only one person at a time, or you may be willing to work with more than one Mentee, if your schedule permits. If you no longer have the time to be a Mentor, all you need to do is delist yourself from the website. Click this link and check or un-check that you want to be a Mentor and insert or update your information..

The Mentee

If you wish to take advantage of this program as a Mentee, you should be open and clear about what you expect from your Mentor. Are you looking for new job? A new perspective? Looking to entirely switch fields? Do you want academic knowledge or field experience? Do you seek networking contacts? The more clearly you state your interests and areas where help will be welcomed, the more help your Mentor can provide. What you receive from this program will correspond to the effort and thought you put into it. If you’d like to sign up as a mentee, please click here.

USAEE Formal Mentoring Elements

  • The relationship has a definite beginning and a definite end (typically a year)
  • There is a formal matching process to pair the mentor and mentee
  • Goals are set and agreed upon in the beginning
  • Checkpoints are set to evaluate progress
  • USAEE Formal Mentoring Program is managed by USAEE Headquarters.

USAEE Mentoring Program – Myth Busters

  • Myth #1 – Only early career USAEE members need mentors
    • USAEE members at all stages of their career can benefit from mentorship
  • Myth #2 - You are either a mentor or a mentee, not both
    • You can be a mentor and mentee. You may be proficient in several skills that are valuable to a mentee, while you may be focusing on developing others further with your own mentor.
  • Myth #3 – You only need one mentor
    • The USAEE formal mentoring program focuses on providing a targeted mentor based on a mentees development needs. However, you may have several informal mentors to further round out your overall development.
  • Myth #4 – Only face to face mentoring can be effective
    • This boils down to preference and learning style. Many successful distance mentoring relationships exist in companies and associations. USAEE will work with you to accommodate preferences (face-to-face or long distance) whenever possible.
  • Myth #5 – Mentorship is only beneficial for the mentee
    • Our mentorship program is beneficial for both mentee and mentors. Many mentors will develop as part of the process.