Become a Mentor

As a mentor, you have much to offer a recent graduate entering the design industry. You can provide encouragement, guidance and support that may not have been available at school or in their current job. You can help them “decode” the unwritten rules of the design industry and business community in your region.

 

You are eligible to participate in RGD's Mentorship Program if you are:

  • A Certified RGD or a Provisional RGD Member.
  • Willing to mentor an emerging professional.
  • Available to participate in a minimum of 6 1-hour meetings.
  • Willing to agree to the Program Guidelines.

 

Your Responsibilities as a Mentor

  • Offer expert feedback on portfolios, résumés, etc.
  • Provide information on further training and job hunting techniques.
  • Encourage ethical and professional practice.

 

Program Options

We have recently expanded the flexibility of RGD's Mentorship Program to allow for virtual Mentors and for short-term Mentors (1-2 meetings) or longer-term Mentors (4-6 meetings). When you complete the application form, you will be given options to select your preference.

 

Selecting Mentees

Initially all participants – mentors and mentees – are asked to complete a form outlining professional interests, preferences for being matched and availability. We will review the information provided by prospective mentees, consider your preferences and identify suitable candidates.

 

Is everyone who applies matched with a Mentee?

Unfortunately no. While we will do all we can to find appropriate matches for everyone, the pool of available mentors and interested mentees will not always be the same. If we cannot identify an appropriate mentee immediately, we will keep your name on file and let you know when we identify candidates who may interest you.

 

To participate in the program, complete the Mentor Agreement.