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Quotes from SMPS Seattle’s MULTIPLY Mentorship program.

In terms of your career, how do you multiply? It depends specifically on what you are trying to accomplish….

More connections? Get yourself to a networking event.

More salary? Demonstrate your value and ask.

More recognition? Promote yourself like you do your firm.

More skill, discernment, empathy, or understanding? Get a mentor! “I wish I had one years ago,” says a MULTIPLY program mentee.

Sounds great, but how do you go about making that connection? It’s easy with SMPS Seattle’s MULTIPLY program. Starting in January, you are paired with a mentor that has experience in your industry and specific fields of interest.  Be it business development, leadership, public relations and communication, research, writing and many more. “You’ll gain a broader understanding of a position/area of the A/E/C industry than you had before,” says one program participant.

Next, it’s just a matter of scheduling a time to meet and talk over coffee, lunch, happy hour, whenever. “You get out what you put in.” SMPS Mentors are committed to your success and will do everything they can to bring value to you. “It’s been really helpful to have someone to bounce ideas off of, ask questions and get guidance.”

But what exactly do you talk about? Your mentor can help identify areas to explore or skills that will benefit you. “I discovered new areas to learn about that I didn’t even know were there,” is a common quote from participants. If you already have questions and a career game plan, your mentor is ready for that too.

How broad of topics can you ask about? One mentee says, “You can pose both daily scenarios and long-term goals.” It’s safe to assume that your mentor will be able to guide you through daily challenges and challenge you toward your overall career goals.

How specific can you get? “How to work well under pressure while being a team of one?” is pretty specific and was a successful topic for another mentee this past year.

How about mentors? What do they get out of the program? “Mentees learn from their mentors, but mentors also learn from mentees in areas of management and intergenerational communication to name a few,” says one mentor.

But what if I can’t think of anything to ask my mentor about? No problem, that’s what the homework is for. “The homework prompts have really helped facilitate great conversations and gets you thinking.” The idea of homework is to provide discussion prompts to help as conversation starters; there’s no paperwork to turn-in.

Ok, one last question. Is it fun? “I have really been enjoying it!” says a mentee and “I’m very happy!!!” says a mentor.

I’m sold. Where do I sign up? Applications for the 2020 program year can be found HERE and are due on December 15th. The program Kick-Off event will be held on January 7th where mentor/mentee pairings will be announced. Off you go to “Connect, ask, learn, discuss, and MULTIPLY!”

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  1. Heidi Maki

    Dec. 5, 2019

    A huge thanks to Chris Imbeau, Marcie Lohr, Amy Pugh and Kristy Alley for all their work getting MULTIPLY up and running. We've had such great feedback from the participants. I encourage anyone considering this program to dive in and do it! The deadline for 2020 applications is December 15th!


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