The EACD has launched an annual mentoring programme that offers talented junior and mid-career public relations and communication professionals a year-long mentoring relationship with selected senior EACD members.
During a twelve month-cycle, the programme aims to create trusted relationships between mentees and senior communication professionals and a rich exchange where both parties will benefit from each other’s experience and insight.
Mentoring cycle and procedure
- The first 12-month cycle started at the European Communication Summit which took place on July 7th and 8th 2016 at the Square Meeting Center in Brussels.
- Based on available mentor profiles, selected mentees can choose up to three potential mentors
- During the ECS two mentor/mentee events will be held:
- Mentees will have speed-networking sessions with their selected mentors and then rank their mentor preference. On the same day, mentees and mentors will be informed of their pairings.
- On the second ECS day the process of the programme as well as the roles of mentee and mentor will be explained to all participants.
- Mentors and mentees will meet at least once a month (call, video conference, face-to-face)
What does a mentor profile look like?
- Be committed to spend at least one hour per month with your mentee over a 12-month period.
- 12 years+ experience in communication industry / preferably as in-house communicator.
- Leading a communications department or team / responsibility for staff in an international company, NGO, association or other institution.
- Willing to engage openly and transparently, with personal insight and learning, and to build a trusted, confidential mentor-mentee relationship
- Ideally, applicants have acted as a mentor before.
Why you should become a mentor:
- Share your experiences and contribute to the future of the profession.
- Further develop your own leadership and coaching skills.
- Gain new perspectives, ideas and approaches.
- Be recognized as a communication leader and expert.
Get to know our group of mentors for the 2016/17 programme cycle!
What does a mentee profile look like?
- Junior to mid-career in-house communication professionals with at least four years public relations experience.
- Committed to spending at least one hour per month with mentor over a 12-month period, and open to constructive feedback and advice.
- Mentees need to be actively thinking about their future and have a drive to improve their skills, expertise and performance.
- Applications for mentees will open in April 2016.
- Mentees have to be EACD members. Non-EACD members can apply, but should become a member upon selection.
Why you should become a mentee:
- Opportunity to review and develop your skills and expertise.
- A networking opportunity; you will build a trusted mentor-mentee relationship with a senior communicator.
- Gain confidence in dealing with challenges.
- Receive support with long-term career planning and direction.
Applications for the 2016/17 programme are now closed. Call for applications for the next mentoring cycle will begin in February 2017.