The changing demographics of our society supports the need for more professionals to be trained and to become passionate about working with older adults. The mentorship program at Boston Bridge helps advance that goal by providing personal contact between members and established professionals.
March at Boston Bridge means Mentor Madness! Boston Bridge will arrange e-introductions to members who feel someone from our list of mentors will contribute to their career interests and goals. After an initial in-person meeting, follow-up meetings can be done by phone or electronically if desired. Sustaining a healthy mentoring relationship does require a commitment to ongoing interaction between the mentor and mentee, but the frequency and mode of contact is up to the participants.
About the Mentorship Relationship*
A mentoring relationship is based on mutual collaboration and commitment to the professional growth of both participants. One participant may have more skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts than the other, but a good relationship allows for mutual respect and learning from each other. Such is the case with Boston Bridge mentors who, in their volunteer capacity, have exhibited abundant passion for the field of aging, and interest in its emerging professionals.
Mentors provide assistance with career growth at many stages: building a resume, advice with projects, identifying resources and career opportunities, introductions to their personal contacts, support when things are not going well and a pat-on-the-back when they do go well. Most leaders in society have had mentors that they credit as having been pivotal in their lives and their careers.
Articles on the Value of a Mentorship Relationship
- The University of Washington has an exhaustive list of articles, websites, and book titles on the topic.
- Finding a Guide is a valuable article from Commongood Careers: www.commongoodcareers.org.
- This one from the Boston Globe breaks down different types of mentors.