What is mentoring?
In general, mentoring is:
- a sustained relationship, often in a career-oriented setting, between an experienced and trusted person who gives advice (the mentor) to another less-experienced person (the mentee).
- the process by which a person offers guidance and instruction to assist mentees in their personal and career development.
Who is a mentee?
A student or professional seeking advice and guidance from an experienced professional in one's chosen field.
What does a mentor offer?
A mentor is not a parent, professional counselor, or financial advisor
Goals of the AFS Mentorship Program
- Assist fitness studios and gyms with the support and guidance to grow their business
- Help fitness professionals transition from concept to reality
- Allow mentors to give back to the industry and grow personally
- Encourage mentees to realize their full potential
Rewards for all participants include:
- Foster lasting friendships
- Network and community involvement
- Share mutual interests
- Sharpen communication skills
Mentee rewards include:
- Professional development
- Having a person to turn to who has experience in the industry
- Enhanced reputation and professionalism
- Opportunity to overcome personal challenges
- One-on-one support from trusted professional
- Objective feedback on skills
- Increased career satisfaction
Mentor rewards include:
- Aid in creating higher standards for the industry
- Learning and connecting with your mentee
- Knowing that you made a difference
- Develop leadership skills
The Mentor and Mentee arrangement is strictly a professional relationship. Here are some tips to ensure a positive experience.
Mentee: Remember that your mentor is there for you, but is only a guide.
Mentor: Encourage communication and participation. Help create a plan of action.
Mentee: Review your goals. Make sure your mentor knows what to expect from you.
Mentor: Help set up a system to measure achievement.
Mentee: Be polite and courteous. Keep up with your e-mails and ask questions.
Mentor: Respond to your e-mails. Answer questions and provide advice, resources and guidance when appropriate.
Mentee: Let your mentor know if you don’t understand something or have a differing opinion.
Mentor: Be truthful in your evaluations, but also be tactful.
"As a studio owner in Chicago, competition is everywhere. Because of the mentoring and guidance I received through AFS, I’ve been able to boost the presence of our studio to heights I didn’t think possible. We’re excited about the future and know AFS will have a huge part in our success."
Owner, Intrigue Dance & Performing Arts Center