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Learning More About Becoming a Mentee

IAEE’s Mentor Match program is designed to match emerging leaders within the exhibitions and events industry with seasoned professionals in hopes that the two will learn from one another and enjoy a stronger, more fruitful professional experience.

Frequently Asked Questions for Mentees:

What are the requirements for being a mentee?
As a Mentee, you must not only be a current IAEE member but also make sure you are ready to be committed to the program and looking to enrich, further or advance your career.

What is the commitment time?
The program will last at least 4 months or longer. Ultimately, this will be decided by you and your mentor. Ideally, mentees should plan to communicate with their mentor a minimum of one time per month. The formal IAEE mentor-mentee relationship can last 4 months or as long as the mentor and mentee wish to continue.

What is my role as a mentee?
Your role as a mentee to be prepared with 3 goals and the objective of those goals you hope to achieve, be eager to learn, be ambitious, and absorb the mentor’s knowledge.

What should I be prepared to discuss with my mentor?
Identify questions in advance of conversations, ensure two-way communication, review IAEE and other industry related articles and trends and latest news, review IAEE’s MemberLink for discussion and dialogue of interest.

How will I be expected to communicate with my mentor?
This will depend on the communication style preferred by both you and your mentor. For instance, if you both prefer to communicate via email, go for it! If you live in close vicinity with your mentor and would like to schedule a face-to-face meeting, this is acceptable. Whichever communication method you choose, be sure that it is mutually compatible.

Balancing work, school, social experiences and relationships can be challenging. Remember to be respectful of your mentee’s time. If you need to reschedule a meeting for any reason, be sure to communicate this to your mentee in a timely manner. You should expect the same treatment by your mentor!

How do I request a mentor?
Sign up by filling out an application. Once completed you will be contacted when a Mentor becomes available.

How mentor/mentee matches are made?
IAEE tries to match our mentee applicants; by organizer or supplier member match (if you are an organizer member, we try and match you with another organizer member within the program). We make every effort to match at the local or grassroots level We review goals and objectives and find the best possible mentor match from our pool of candidates.

Where will the Mentor/Mentee log into to access more information?
MemberLink is the hub for all information related to the overall experience of our Mentee program.  You can find the program overview, an FAQ sheet, self-assessments and evaluations of the program.

How will the community look?
You will be invited to the Mentee Community once you have been matched. What will be included: Everything related to the program to help you with this journey i.e. video link, self-assessments, evaluations, FAQ’s, bi-weekly communications and posts from us here at IAEE.

How do I apply to become a mentee?
Click here to apply!