Hello and thank you in advance for your commitment to the future interior designers across the state of Alabama! We’re so grateful for your interest in the program, and we hope to have you participate as a mentor for the upcoming 2021 school year. We created this program to become more involved with our student members and help introduce them to the Interior Design community across the state before their graduation. While this program was initially was designed with the students in mind, we feel that this will provide beneficial partnerships to design professionals as well. By learning from the future designers, staying aware of new technology and information being taught in ID programs, and finding potential internship and new hire candidates in an informal, ongoing setting, these relationships will hopefully benefit both mentor and mentee alike. If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ page or reach out to [email protected]. We look forward to working with you all this next year!

For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Q: Who can be a Mentee?

A: Mentees are ASID and/or IIDA student members at any of the universities throughout the State of Alabama. We require that students be accepted into their interior design programs be a sophomore, junior, or senior. If you have been approached to be a mentor, or would like to offer to be someone’s mentor, reflect on these questions prior to committing to the relationship:

  • What experiences and opportunities can I bring to the mentoring program?
  • What are my own expectations for the relationship?
  • Are there any obstacles that could impede the relationship’s development?

Q: Who can be a Mentor?

A: Mentors can be anyone who is willing to help our students learn and grow. We request that our mentors have at least two years of work experience or have passed the NCIDQ exam. Mentors can be specialized in any design market of design.

Q: What kinds of projects can Mentees participate in?

A: Mentee learning opportunities can include residential, commercial, hospitality, retail, healthcare, corporate, education and more! Our students can benefit from a wide variety of projects depending on their year in their program and their university.

Q: What are the program dates?

A: The program will officially start in September 2021. Moving forward, mentorship pairings will rotate every semester. We ask that mentors commit to at least serving the entire school year, so two semesters at a time.

Q. How do I apply to participate in the CONNECT Mentoring Program?

A. Mentors can sign up to participate in the program by providing their contact information and indicating their areas of expertise on the FORM HERE:

Q. What is expected of participants in the CONNECT Mentoring Program?

A. Mentors can expect to invest approximately 1-2 hours per month interacting with their assigned mentee over the course of a semester.

Q. What type of evaluation and follow-up can I expect?

A. Mentors and mentees will be sent an electronic evaluation after they have completed the mentoring experience. This evaluation will include questions related to the relationship between mentors and mentees, and the  impact of their mentoring experiences.

Q. How will the results of my mentoring experience be used and who will see it?

A. Results of the evaluation will be shared with all relevant internal and external stakeholders. Additional opportunities for sharing mentoring experiences, identified by ASID and IIDA, include example stories in organizational newsletters and other marketing materials. This will provide an opportunity for mentors and mentees to discuss their experiences at regional meetings.

Q. What are some suggestions for our first meeting?

  • The bulk of this first meeting should be spent getting to know one another at an appropriate first meeting level. Do not expect too much and remember both mentors and mentees might be nervous too!
  • Ask some general and open-ended questions about your mentee and share some appropriate information about yourself.
  • Decide on the logistics of your mentoring relationship, such as mentoring day(s), time(s), length and location of meetings.
  • Ask if your mentee understands the process and if they have any questions/concerns.
  • Give your mentee your contact information (cell, email, business card) and confirm their contact information (personal, parent’s) as listed on your Mentor Info Sheet, which we will give to you upon pairing.

Q. What are some topics of conversation for our meetings?

  • What are you working on right now?
    • It does not matter what type of help the mentee needs. They can be seeking your guidance on finessing a presentation or figuring out the lighting calculations. This question helps them focus and prioritize.
  • What are your next steps?
    • The very act of asking will get them thinking about how to move forward. Hopefully this will encourage conversations about future plans and career goals.
  • How can I help?
    • Maybe your mentee needs a crucial tip or the right contact, perhaps they could use some feedback on their strategies or just confirmation they are heading in the right direction.

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