Would you like to be a maritime mentor! Fantastic! You can spend as much or as little time as you like mentoring, and there is no commitment. However, I believe that once you begin mentoring, you’ll continue on for the rest of your life - it is very rewarding.
For those of you who have already decided to help out, I’d like to welcome you and thank you for graciously agreeing to be a part of this e-mentoring initiative. You are the backbone on which this maritime mentoring initiative is built, and your willingness to give back will serve to enhance both individual journeys and the maritime industry as a whole. I have been astounded at the level of willingness to help, and the incredible experience you people have to offer.
This document briefly introduces you to being a mentor in our Maritime Mentoring Community.
To get started as a mentor, you’ll need to do four things, in this order:
- Join this site. To do this, simply click the “Sign up” link near the top-right of the homepage. You’ll be asked to answer a few questions.
- Click the “Register as a Mentor” link. Clicking that link will take you to a page where you will be asked to answer a few questions about yourself**. Once you are done, the system will set you up as a mentor, including creating a group for you to be able to communicate with your proteges. **Be sure to click the button at the bottom to save your registration!
- Add an image and description to your profile. To do so, click the “Edit” button beside “My Account”. This has been shown to be critical in making you approachable as a site member.
- Invite Other Mentors: Invite everyone you know who will be a great mentor (or protege, for that matter) to our community. Get the word out. There is no community without community members.
One you are set up as a mentor, you can start mentoring! You’ll be listed as a mentor, and proteges will be able to find you when they use the “Find a Mentor” page to find mentors with your kind of experience. Until you start receiving requests to be a mentor you can do the following:
- Read the “How to be a Good Mentor” document found on the homepage.
- Search the “People” tab to look for proteges who look like they may be able to use your help. You can reach out to them by sending them a message.
- Search the “People” tab to look for other mentors you might like to connect with.
- Go to the “Discussions” tab and introduce yourself to the community. This will help people find you later.
- Also, in that discussions area, be sure to answer any questions that you are able to answer and “Watch” any discussion area (or “Subscribe to any discussion) that is of interest to you.
- Be sure to read the document “Community Overview”. This will help you understand the role of mentor and protege and how each role is carried out on this site.
That’s it! There are no hard and fast rules, other than being respectful and using this site for its intended purpose - mentoring the next generation of maritime professional.
Once again - thank you for being here and giving back to this wonderful maritime community!
CEO - Marine Learning Systems