BAFF alumni have unique access to various events and programs to support their professional development. One of these is the BAFF ALUMNI MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, which creates opportunities for BAFF alumni to share experiences and further develop their skills as a mentor or mentee.
Mentoring takes place between mentees and mentors who are acting in a non-professional helping capacity to provide relationship-based support. A mentor supports and encourages the professional development of the mentee and provides active guidance to help them achieve their goals. For the mentee, having a mentor provides a dedicated forum to learn, receive coaching, and grow their skills. Through advice and guidance, the mentor can help the mentee to develop their full career potential and explore alternative roles and career paths.
The Alumni Mentorship program is targeted to different BAFF alumni groups with a focus to support their professional development needs. TARGET GROUPS participating in this program are:
Mentors may direct their mentee to knowledgeable professionals inside or outside their current industry and/or field. Through a mentoring program, a mentee can gain access to important career contacts. Mentees learn to communicate with others in more senior positions, as well as gain confidence in dealing with people from unfamiliar backgrounds. Mentoring gives a chance to increase confidence and self-awareness through motivation, support and inspiration, as well as improve skill sets.
Mentees are not the only ones to benefit from the mentorship: providing mentorship is an opportunity for the mentor to develop leadership, communication, listening, and management skills. It can offer lasting career networks, grow one’s professional network, or can even lead to the development of lifelong friendships. Mentors may learn just as much from their mentees as their mentees will learn from them. Mentoring offers the mentor an opportunity to reflect upon their own professional journey, and can offer the satisfaction of sharing their own personal wisdom with others.
Type of mentoring: one-on-one. Meetings can take place online or in person.
Duration and time commitment: The new round of the program starts in December 2021 and lasts for a minimum 3 months. Officially the program ends in May 2022. The relationship can continue after the 3-month minimum until the closing event or even after the official end of this program round to enable you to develop your network and skills.