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We want you! Become a mentor or mentee at UCOP

Looking for a way to go beyond your day-to-day work duties and relationships to expand your network, explore new career opportunities and develop a better understanding of UCOP?

The 2012–13 Mentorship Program, now getting under way, might be just the jumpstart you need.

If you are interested in participating as either a mentee or mentor, find out more about the program by attending the upcoming brown bags at UCOP’s Oakland locations, all held from 12 to 1 pm:

  • Thursday, July 19, 12322 Franklin
  • Friday, July 20, 612 Kaiser
  • Tuesday, July 24, 415 20th St., room 302

Introduced in the spring of 2011, the all-volunteer program matches experienced OP leaders in one-on-one relationships with career staff who want to develop themselves both personally and professionally.

“Being a mentee was an excellent opportunity for me to continue to build on my professional growth and development,” said Cheryl Bennett, senior analyst in External Relations, who was one of the pilot program’s 20 mentees.

Paired with Research Grants Program Office Executive Director Mary Croughan, Bennett said she gained valuable knowledge and exposure to the UCOP culture from a top-level executive. She was also able to increase her visibility and connections with the program’s 19 other mentors and mentees.

The mentees are now in the process of forming an alumni group to keep their newfound relationships going and provide input for improving the program as it evolves beyond the first-year pilot.

Mentee applications are due Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. You can find more details on the UCOP Mentorship Program website, including mentee eligibility, applications and answers to common questions.

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