Seeking a Mentor?

The MEDA Mentorship Program is a unique opportunity to learn from others who have been working in the economic development field for several years.

This program will seek to match mentors and mentees. The matching will occur based on expertise, needs, geographic location, etc.

What can you expect?

  • In the first month, your mentor will…
    • Personally, via phone or in-person, connect with you
    • Identify the means of achieving professional development (workshops, training courses, etc)
    • Help you develop short and long-term goals
  •  Quarterly you can expect to…
    • Meet in person with your mentor
    • Review your goals with your mentor
    • Connect with your mentor at MEDA events
  • Annually you can expect to…
    • Review goals and plan for the upcoming year
    • Plan for professional development (continuing education)

IEDC Mentorship Guidelines

Criteria for CEcD Candidate

Interested CEcD candidates are required to meet all of the following criteria to be provided with the services of a CEcD mentor. The CEcD candidate must:

  • Be a current IEDC member
  • Be approved to sit for the CEcD exam
  • Agree to a minimum of two (2) months mentor-candidate interaction
  • Provide an evaluation of the CEcD mentor and the IEDC mentorship program
  • Provide mentor with information on goals, needs, and level of participation desired

The following guidelines will be used to ensure the effectiveness of the mentorship program and to assign CEcD candidates with CEcD mentors:

  1. Informal Mentorship: The CEcD mentor and CEcD candidate are to negotiate between themselves the terms of their interaction and relationship and the interaction can be either electronically and/or by phone or in-person.
  2. Oneon-one: A CEcD mentor will be assigned to an individual CEcD candidate. The CEcD candidate’s needs and thoughts should be addressed in a free-flowing manner, and the two are to set their own schedule and agenda.
  3. Assigning Mentors to Candidates: IEDC staff will reach out to active CEcDs in the CEcD candidates’ home region (state and neighboring states) via email. IEDC will then offer up to five (5) volunteer CEcD mentors, with profile and a brief bio, to the candidate to select a CEcD. Staff will then provide contact information of the CEcD mentor to the candidate to make the first contact.
  4. Evaluating the Program: Critiquing the program is extremely valuable for its continued growth and development. Survey forms for both mentors and candidates will be developed to gather adequate information on the experience of the mentors and candidates. We will also solicit suggestions about how the program can be improved as well as its strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Mentoring Challenges: If either the CEcD mentor or candidate is not happy with the assignment due to any reason, IEDC will cancel the assignment and reassign the candidate to a new CEcD mentor. The CEcD will not receive credit for the dissolved assignment. 

Guidelines for CEcD Mentors and CEcD Candidates

Mentors should:

  • Meet with the CEcD candidate and identify his or her specific needs; provide assurance that you can fulfill those expectations.
  • Define the expected time commitment between mentor and candidate; consider establishing a scheduled time for meetings. (Identify an end date for the relationship?)
  • Identify an appropriate method of communication with the candidate.
  • Be patient and positive in the relationship. No question is “dumb.” Suggest, don’t dictate.
  • Always maintain the security of the exam.
  • Be available when needed and as appropriate.
  • Share successes and failures, coach, advice, discuss real-life stories.

Candidates should:

  • Be respectful of the mentor’s commitment to you in terms of time and resources.
  • Make sure the mentor’s skills and experience match your needs and expectations.
  • Communicate openly with the mentor.
  • Respect the mentor’s need to maintain the security of the exam.
  • Be specific in your needs and desires.
  • Make reasonable requests of the mentor.
  • Be receptive to feedback and advice.