Purpose

The CIRES Mentoring program is modeled after the American Geophysical Union’s Mentoring365 program. This program aims to foster professional growth and career development for mentees and mentors. Through an exchange of professional knowledge, skills, insights and experience, mentors can support mentees with planning career goals, navigating work-life balance, getting past roadblocks etc. In particular, this program provides a framework for mentees to find mentors within CIRES who can provide unique insight into the CIRES-NOAA ecosystem. In return, mentors benefit from the program by and gaining experience with mentoring, expanding their own network, and promoting self-reflection.

Eligibility

To participate as a mentor in this program, you must be a current employee at CIRES or a NOAA federal scientist at the David Skaggs Research Laboratory. Mentors can range in career stage from post docs to senior scientists. The most important requirements are that a mentor is dedicated to providing guidance, and is willing to share knowledge and experience that will be useful to the mentee.

To participate as a mentee in this program, you must be a current employee at CIRES. Mentees can range in career stage from early career to senior scientists. The most important requirements are that a mentee is willing to learn from the experience of their mentor.

Mentors will be paired with one mentee, however this year we have adapted the program to allow CIRES employees to sign up as both a mentor and a mentee should they choose to do so. To sign up as both a mentor and mentee, the participant will need to register and create two accounts, using two different email addresses. Note the system may "match" these two accounts, so the registrant will obviously need select a mentor that is actually a different person.

Time Requirements

Mentors and mentees are expected to meet for roughly one hour once a month for the duration of the eight-month program (Oct-May).

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we anticipate that monthly meetings between mentors and mentees will take place virtually for most of this year’s program. We encourage participants to follow CIRES and NOAA guidelines to stay safe and healthy.

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