***It is up to YOU, as a mentee enrolled in the Mentor Match program, to initiate the mentoring relationship with your desired mentor.***
Start by searching the Mentor Directory for potential matches. You can narrow the list down using the various filters, but if you search and no results are returned, try using fewer filters. We recommend just clicking "Search" at the bottom of the page and looking at the full list of mentors. Keep in mind that as a mentee, you can only have one mentoring relationship at a time.
If you find someone who you are interested in having a mentoring relationship with, reach out to that person using one of two methods:
- Via email (outside the CXPA system), or
- [Recommended] Private message (within the CXPA system).
You can see contact information or send a private message via an individual's profile. It is very important that you reach out to have a conversation prior to sending a potential mentor an official request as you will want to determine if a mentor's knowledge and insights would be beneficial to the you based on what you are looking to accomplish.
Once it is established that the mentoring relationship will be mutually beneficial, you can send the mentor an official request (within the system) to pair up. This is done by clicking the green "Send Mentor Request" button on their profile underneath their photo. You will not be able to send the request unless you have completed the enrollment process. The mentor will then accept the official request.
After you and your mentor are officially paired up, you will see the relationship at the bottom of your Mentee Profile.
Important: do not click the "Finish Relationship" button (or either of the drop-down choices, "Abandon" or "Hide from Profile") unless you are sure that you are not continuing the mentoring relationship. This button is usually only used to conclude a relationship