Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in Mentor Match?
Mentor Match is open to any current TAPPI member or nonmember. You must be logged in to participate. If you don't already have a Connect login, you can register.
What is the time commitment for the Mentor Match program?
TAPPI recommends that a mentor meet with their protégé one hour per month for one year, however, it is up to each mentor and protégé pair to decide how frequently and how long the partnership will last.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser within a TAPPI associated industry who will support a protégé through achieving a professional or personal goal. The mentor will share and receive resources, advice, and teachings with a protégé.
What qualities does a good mentor have?
Years of training or experience don’t necessarily define a good mentor. Look for the following qualities when interviewing mentor candidates, or when considering becoming a mentor:
- Strong Communicator
- Reasonably Accessible
What is a protégé?
A protégé in TAPPI's Mentor Match program is a professional of any experience level or age who is seeking additional career support and guidance from an industry professional (mentor) with more experience.
How can I get the most out of being a protégé?
We have found that protégés with clear goals, a willingness to learn, a positive attitude, motivation to succeed, and an open mind get the most out of mentorship programs.
If I am enrolled as a protégé in the program, can I also mentor?
Yes. Mentors are encouraged to be protégés and protégés are encouraged to mentor as long as the individual meets all of the program requirements.
When can I sign up?
Mentors and protégés can signup anytime! The program is now open ALL year-round.
What can participants expect?
At the start of a Mentor Match, participants will need to watch the Mentor Match Process Video, apply as either a mentor or protégé using the online application. This application adds you to the system and allows you to focus on your needs. After filling out an application you can search for your mentor/protégé using the online directory. We recommend that mentors and protégés spend one hour connecting each month. The mentoring will take place over the course of 1 year but can be adjusted to meet each team’s needs.
Does a match have to be local?
No. Thanks to TAPPI Connect, members from across the globe can easily communicate by whatever method works best for them: through TAPPI Connect, phone, video conferencing software, or email.
What if my Match doesn't work out?
No problem. If you and your match decide not to continue, you can reach out to another mentor/protégé of your choice by selecting the 'Click Here to send me a request button on their profile.
Can I match again once one mentor/protege relationship is done?
Yes! All you have to do is search the online directory
again and you can match with another individual that is a part of the program. New Mentors and Proteges are always joining the program.