The PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin chapter is happy to again to offer Milwaukee-area young professionals the opportunity to join the Mentor Program, a program that strives to foster relationships between young and seasoned professionals.

2014 marked the inaugural year of the PRSA Mentor Program, which helped several pairs of mentors and mentees develop lasting and meaningful professional relationships.

PRSAYoungProsMentorMentees receive exclusive benefits as part of the Mentor Program, including:
• You’ll be paired with a mentor based on experience and interests
• Break into the industry and “learn the ropes”
• Establish your network and learn about future opportunities
• Ask questions you might not feel comfortable asking your boss
• Learn valuable tools and keys to success in the PR industry
• Get advice about career paths, résumé writing and interview skills

Seasoned professionals in the mentor role will:
1. Improve their own personal leadership skills and ability
2. Act as a sounding board
3. Provide individual career advice, support and tips
4. Help build their mentee’s professional network, as well as their own
5. Assist in keeping mentee up-to-date on PRSA activities

PRSAYoungProsMentorProgramYoung Professionals in the mentee role will:
1. Learn how to develop and nurture a professional network
2. Discuss career plans and aspirations
3. Gain knowledge of PR industry workplace etiquette
4. Develop an understanding how to balance work, extra-curriculars and life, and set priorities
5. Achieve the confidence to challenge oneself to achieve new goals and explore alternatives

Those eligible for the Mentor Program must be a member of one of the following:
1. PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin chapter or
PRSSA chapter or other PR Club at a local college or university in the Greater Milwaukee Area or
Associate member of PRSSA or PRSA

Emily Bultman is currently serving as the mentor program chair and a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  She works as a communications coordinator/managing editor at the Wisconsin Dental Association.  Prior to this, she was a reporter/photographer for the Oconomowoc Enterprise and Waukesha Freeman newspapers. You can reach Emily at ebultman@wda.org.