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Mentorship Program

Professional Development Support

In a mentorship relationship, an experienced person, a mentor, provides coaching, support, advice, guidance, and feedback to someone with less experience, a mentee. The ALGA mentoring program was established to provide auditors with the opportunity to have regular conversations with a more experienced auditor from outside their organization. Mentors volunteer their time to discuss career goals and paths, technical issues, organizational or interpersonal challenges, and other areas of interest to the mentee.

Goals of the Mentoring Program

  • Share business knowledge and experience to benefit audit professionals interested in career advancement
  • Enable audit professionals to explore career paths
  • Demonstrate leadership within the audit industry
  • Enhance networking opportunities
  • Increase understanding of diverse business operations and opportunities

The Process

Mentors and mentees are paired together based on what the mentee hopes to gain from the program and the mentor’s experience and self-identified strengths. Typically, the pair have a monthly phone conversation and exchange emails.

  1. First, complete an application form for mentor or mentee. You’ll be asked about your audit experience and what you hope to gain from the program.
  2. The Mentoring Subcommittee will use your responses to select an appropriate individual whom we think would be a good fit to serve as a mentor or mentee.
  3. The Subcommittee will contact you to provide you with a short bio of the selected mentor or mentee so that you can determine if you’d like to be paired with each other.
  4. If it is a good fit, the Subcommittee will contact the mentor and ask him/her to contact the mentee to arrange the first phone meeting.

 

Documents

These resources are available for mentors and mentees who would like tools to consider as you develop the structure of your mentoring relationship.

External Resources

Here are some additional links you might find helpful whether you are beginning a mentoring relationship or further developing one.

  • Tips for Mentors—Some basic ideas for mentors to use in developing a powerful mentoring relationship.
  • Relationship Tips for Mentors and Mentees—A brief one-page guide covering key qualities to making a successful mentoring relationship.
  • Mentoring Made Easy: A Practical Guide—This booklet provides tips for choosing a mentor, and key roles for the mentor and protege (mentee) (esp. pp. 20-22).
  • Confused About the Mentoring Process: 6 Tips to Help - This short article focuses on helping proteges maximize value from their mentoring relationship.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Portal, Course 2: Mentoring—The Responsible Conduct of Research education portal is a project of Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. The Mentoring course (Course 2) is designed primarily for professionals in the science field, but has a wide variety of principles that are useful to all professional mentoring. After choosing Course 2, the subsection Foundation Text contains a wide discussion on elements such as effective mentoring; roles and responsibilities of mentors and proteges; and the ethics of mentoring.
  • Coaching and Training for Leadership Development in Civil Society—This short research paper prepared under the auspices of the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) looks at the related ideas of coaching and mentoring. The paper develops the concepts of coaching and mentoring, looks briefly at some cases studies, and assesses factors related to successful coaching and mentoring. Finally, the paper provides an appendix with several coaching models and tools.
  • ManagementMentors.com is a business mentoring assistance site, offering myriad paid and free products. See the Resources drop-down menu for free mentoring information, including tips for mentors and proteges (mentees).

Please contact the Mentorship Administrator if you have any questions.