Connect: The PEI Mentoring Program

Introducing Connect: PEI's Mentoring Program!
This exciting new program is a direct result of members' vision for new ways to create and foster significant, professional relationships.  This new program enables two different types of benefits to occur.  The first will allow any individual to consider sharing the knowledge and experience they have gained in the industry by becoming a "mentor."  Mentors, simply put, are those who are willing to share what they have learned in their career with another individual.  The second type of benefit is through being a "mentee," someone who is willing to learn from another individual.  Connect sets up that professional relationship to occur through specific skills, abilities, or industries.  Consider what you could gain today through being a mentor or mentee!  

What is Mentoring?
Simply put, mentoring is a developmental relationship through which a “mentor” shares his or her knowledge, skills and perspective with a “mentee,” who gains personally and professionally. Both people must be willing to commit time and energy to meet their goals. The relationship creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem solving. In addition, mentoring empowers mentors and mentees to learn about the things that are most relevant to them.

Mission Statement
The mission of the PEI Mentoring Program is to offer individuals in the association an opportunity to maximize their personal and career potential through deep and trusting professional relationships.

Vision Statement
The PEI Mentoring Program envisions an association-based initiative in which less experienced members may develop one-on-one relationships with more experienced members to learn about the industry, develop business skills, and set other individualized career goals. Collectively, the program will expand the knowledge base in the industry, improve business relationships, and create opportunities for greater participation in and service to PEI and the industry.

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Information for Mentees

Mentee Role, Responsibilities and Benefits

Much of the learning that contributes to a person’s success happens not through books, but real-world experience. Without a mentor, a person learns mostly through trial and error. With a mentor, even industry veterans can benefit. Mentors share their experiences can help mentees avoid the same errors. Similarly, those new to the industry will discover that being a mentee shortens the learning curve for acquiring the skills and knowledge most critical to a successful career.

A mentee must be goal-oriented, willing to initiate a positive learning experience and eager to accept challenges, and accept personal responsibility for success and failures. A mentee is willing to commit time and effort to absorb a mentor’s knowledge and has the ambition to know what to do with this knowledge. Next, a mentee needs to practice and demonstrate what has been learned.

A mentee determines the capacity of the mentoring connection. He or she decides the amount of guidance needed from a mentor. As well, the mentee should ask for help or advice. Mentees must understand their roles and responsibilities within the mentor-mentee relationship to reach their goals. The following outlines a mentee's role, responsibilities and benefits.

Identifying Roles
• Understand why you want to be mentored.
• Select a mentor based on criteria relevant to your goals.

Communicating Expectations
• Understand your expectations for your mentor.
• Clearly communicate those expectations.
• Stay flexible in changing expectations or plans.
• Create goals with milestones and deliverables.
• Inform your mentor about your preferred learning style.
• Be realistic about setting timelines.

Working Together
• Listen and contribute to the conversation.
• Understand that your mentor will not have all the answers.
• Accept constructive feedback.
• Set time aside for self-reflection.
• Evaluate progress.
• Celebrate success.
• Be consistent and reliable.

Meeting All of the Goals
• Provide your mentor with updates after the mentoring is completed.
• Provide an evaluation of the experience.
• Say thank you.
• Give back to the profession and volunteer to become an PEI mentor.

Benefits for Mentees
• Enhanced training and career development
• Increased self-awareness and self-discipline
• An expanded personal network
• Positive and constructive feedback on professional and personal development areas

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Information for Mentors

Mentor Role, Responsibilities and Benefits

Good mentors are good listeners, willing to be open and share experiences and views, willing to commit time and effort, open to questions and problems, able to point out strengths and opportunities for improvement in mentees and in mentor-mentee relationships, encourage mentees objectively, allow mentees freedom in relationships, lead by example, demonstrate strong commitments to ethics, and are able to learn from experiences and mistakes.

Understanding the mentor role and responsibilities within the mentor-mentee relationship will help mentors reach all of the desired goals. The following outlines the mentor's role, responsibilities and benefits.

Identifying Roles
• Understand why you want to be a mentor.
• Mentor with a realistic assessment of your skills and experience.

Communicating Expectations
• Understand your expectations for your mentee.
• Clearly communicate those expectations.
• Stay flexible in expectations or plans.
• Facilitate goal-setting and being goal-oriented.
• Create goals with milestones and deliverables.
• Adapt your feedback to your mentee’s learning style.
• Be realistic about timelines.

Working Together
• Encourage professionalism.
• Build confidence.
• Role model.
• Coach.
• Advise, don’t dictate.
• Advise on what you know and admit the things you don’t know.
• Share experiences as learning tools.
• Recognize your mentee’s weaknesses and build on his or her strengths.
• Offer constructive feedback.
• Help problem solve.
• Evaluate progress.
• Be your mentee’s supporter when he or she reaches goals.
• Proactively maintain contact and encourage open communication.
• Be consistent and reliable.
• Maintain privacy and confidentiality.

Meeting All the Goals
• After mentoring is completed, follow up on successes.
• Provide an evaluation of the experience.
• Repeat the mentoring process with others.

Mentor Benefits
• Personal fulfillment through contribution to association, industry and individual
• Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress and achieve goals
• Increased awareness of personal biases, assumptions and areas for improvement
• Renewed enthusiasm for your role as an expert
• Expanded networking opportunities
• Meeting and sharing experiences with other mentors
• Personal ongoing support to help the match succeed

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The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) provides no guarantees regarding the mentees’ personal and/or professional growth. The outcomes are the responsibility of the mentees and not of the mentor and PEI.

The mentor and the mentee both agree to indemnify, defend and hold the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) and all elected and appointed officers, directors and volunteers harmless against any loss, damage, expense, or cost, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of any claim, demand, or suit of any person or entity asserting loss or damage as a result of participation in Connect: The PEI Mentoring Program.

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PEI Connect

Our Goals

  • Expand networking opportunities for association members
  • Increase communication within the membership 
  • Expand knowledge base within the association 
  • Help members increase retention of employees 

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