Q: How do I know if I’m eligible to be matched with a mentor?
A: First, you need to be a member of CSME. If you are a working editor, at any stage of your career, you are eligible to be matched with a mentor to help you navigate your career. Also, if you are interested in becoming an editor and would like advice as to how to break into the industry, you’re welcome to sign up for the program.
Q: How do I know if I’m eligible to be a mentor?
A: First, you need to be a member of CSME. Any working editor, at any stage of his/her career, is eligible. CSME will make sure to match you with a mentee to whom we feel you can be useful. Likewise, retired editors are welcome to sign up as mentors.
Q: What’s the time commitment?
A: As a mentor or a mentee, you are responsible to connect for a one-hour-long meeting every two months, for a total of six meetings over one year. Once the year is up, both parties can reevaluate and decide whether to continue for another year.
Q: What kinds of things are we supposed to discuss?
A: You can discuss anything you like, but it would likely be helpful to start with talking about the mentor’s career path, the mentee’s desired career path and any tips the mentor has for the mentee.
Q: What if I feel like I don’t have any useful advice for my mentee?
A: Part of being a mentor is just being a sounding board for your mentee, listening to his/her career questions and helping to find solutions. Just being a person that your mentee can talk to about his/her career is helpful. It’s also immensely helpful to connect your mentee to someone in your network who might be able to help him/her in some way.
Q: Do I have to pay for lunch or coffee when we meet?
A: Neither the mentor nor the mentee is responsible for paying for the other’s food or drink during your mentorship meetings.
Q: What If I want to stop seeing my mentor/mentee?
A: You are allowed to dissolve the mentor/mentee relationship at any time. To do so, contact the Mentorship Program coordinator, Braden Alexander, at email@example.com.
Q: Who do I speak to if I have more detailed questions about the Mentorship Program?
A: Please feel free to contact CSME’s Mentorship Program coordinator, Braden Alexander, at firstname.lastname@example.org.