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    Mentorship Program

    If you are interested in being a Mentor or a Protégé, please click here to download, complete the form and email it to:

    Mentors and ProtégéS Guidelines 

    The role of the ARMA Metropolitan New York City Chapter Mentorship Program is to identify and pair mentors and protégés based on availability and interest to further the professional development of protégés. The Chapter Committee will also follow up with participants to ensure that mentors have made initial contact with the protégé and have developed a meeting schedule that suits both parties. The mentorship program is to support currently enrolled students and new professionals.

    1. Mentor Activities and Guidelines

    • Mentors must make initial contact with protégés within one week of assignment.
    • Mentors should communicate with protégés at least once every two weeks or whatever has been agreed upon between parties.
    • Mentors and protégés, as a best practice, should complete at least one activity per month of the suggested activities; preferably within an agreed upon time frame.
      (See #4. Suggested Activities list at the end of this document.) 
    • The recommended time-frame is a minimum of three months:
      • Protégés should keep a mentor program journal.
      • Each mentor and protégé pair will operate autonomously.


    2. Metro New York Chapter Role

    • Match the mentor and protégé based on factors relevant to each situation and provide guidelines and tools for the program.
    • Survey the participants to determine if the program is working as intended.
    • Make changes as needed to make program improvements.
    • The ARMA Metro New York City Chapter Committee will be available to assist if needed.


    3. Suggested Guidelines for Mentor Meetings

    Phone Contact

      • Mentors call protégés to arrange initial meeting and discuss scheduling.
      • Protégés call mentors to arrange joint attendance at chapter meetings.
      • Protégés call mentors as needed for advice on RIM-related course work and career direction.


     1st Meeting


        1. Explain why you are interested in the RIM profession;
        2. Discuss your perceptions and expectations of the mentor relationship;
        3. Ask questions; and,
        4. Plan future meetings and contacts.



        1. Discuss your current job responsibilities;
        2. Describe how you got into the profession;
        3. Discuss the necessary academic and personal preparation needed for your career; and,
        4. Share your feelings on the importance of networking and continued professional development.


    4. Suggested Mentor/Protégé  Activities (Not required)

    • Discussion of the protégés expectations and career goals.
    • Protégé spends time "shadowing" the mentor during a typical working day.
    • Meeting during or after business hours with mentor, protégé, and several other RIM professionals to discuss everyday challenges practitioners encounter in their work.
    • Protégé attends a company training program or other training program with mentor.
    • Mentor and protégé discuss proper business, telephone and email etiquette and corporate protocol.
    • Mentor and protégé attend a professional ARMA local chapter meeting together. Mentor introduces protégé to other RIM professionals.
    • Protégé accompanies mentor to other professional meetings attended.  
    • Protégé observes the development of a special project within the RIM related field.
    • Mentor reviews protégé's resume and offers suggestions for improvement.
    • Suggest celebration upon completion of assignment.

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