eMentor

About eMentor
A critical component of professional growth, eMentor helps emerging and seasoned professionals connect.  eMentor gives our members a way to contribute to the food science and technology industry by sharing their professional insight and practical career advice with aspiring food science professionals.   By acting as professional role models, trusted friends and career advisors, mentors can make a significant contribution to their communities.  Who better to offer guidance than seasoned professionals in the food science and technology industry?


How eMentor Works
This virtual match up service offers an easy way for mentors and mentees to connect.  eMentor provides a flexible time commitment depending upon the needs of the mentee and availability of the mentor.  Mentors complete a profile including what assistance they can give. Individuals seeking guidance can search the mentor profiles and complete a Mentee profile to request an engagement. Either party, the mentor or the mentee can initiate engagements.

eMentor Objectives

  • Encourage long-term multi-generational professional relationships and friendships
  • Provide participants with informal advice and guidance
  • Provide IFT members with the opportunity to give back to the food science community by mentoring tomorrow’s industry leaders today
  • Present networking opportunities and a vehicle to sharpen your professional skills

Become a Mentor
Help shape the life of an aspiring food science professional.  Click here to opt in and become a Mentor

Find a Mentor
Need advice? Find the perfect match to help guide your career.  Click here to create a new mentoring request

How You Can Help Recruit Fellow Mentors 
Refer your friends and colleagues to the website.

Benefits of Mentoring

Mentoring really is something that can benefit everyone. As well as helping the mentee develop and advance through their career, the mentor can gain extra skills and understanding from the partnership.

This page will outline the general benefits first, before going on to the specific ones for the different sub groups. To skip ahead to these click on the appropriate heading.

Everyone Benefits from a Positive Mentoring Engagement
  • Mentoring helps both the mentee and the mentor recognize their abilities and limitations, thus highlighting areas for future development.
  • It helps prompt thought about career development and come to a realistic conclusion about career potential.
    It can help increase the motivation of both the mentee and the mentor. The mentee gains a new direction or perspective while the mentor feels a sense of achievement when their mentee succeeds.
  • It will develop communication skills. As well as the obvious listening/questioning skills, you will gain experience by talking with a variety of members. This could help you interact better with your own colleagues.

What Makes a Good Mentor?

Good mentors usually enjoy sharing their experiences with others. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience in their profession, and they take a personal interest in helping others succeed. They also know that mentoring is about developing people, not fixing them.

Click here to view a brief presentation on being a good mentor.  This presentation includes illustrated instructions on using the eMentor tool through IFT Connect. 

How to be a Good Mentee

Having a mentor can help you to learn how to operate in the world of work. Your mentor will connect you with people and perspective that you need in order to move ahead. He or she may provide advice on how to handle situations and people. They will draw from their own body of experience to share insight, wisdom, and knowledge. He or she will support positive change in your life and will challenge your thinking, thereby expanding the possibilities for you.

However, you will not automatically receive these benefits of the mentoring relationship. Experienced mentees know that, to have the relationship they want, much depends on them. As a mentee, the success of the mentoring relationship depends on you.

You are the driver of your own development.

Click here to view the brief presentation on being a good mentee.  The presentation also includes illustrated instructions on using the eMentor tool through IFT Connect. 

Disclaimer and Release
By signing up to participate as a mentor or mentee in the IFT eMentor program, I acknowledge and agree to the following disclaimer and release.


Mentor Disclaimer and Release

I understand that as a mentor participating in the IFT eMentor Program, any advice I provide in the course of the mentoring relationship is solely for the purpose of guiding the mentee in the field of food science. I understand this relationship is an educational resource to discuss general issues confronted in the food science field. I understand that the mentee will not rely upon my advice and/or statements as legal advice.

I understand and agree that the information I provide in the course of the mentorship will not be relied upon by the mentee as a substitute for his/her own independent judgment or professional opinions. I understand and agree that this program is not intended for job placement or recruitment activity.

I recognize and agree that if I receive knowledge that the mentee has engaged in professional misconduct, I may be obligated to report the conduct to the IFT eMentor Program Manager

I understand and agree this service is not intended for solicitation purposes, i.e. I will not request nor accept payment for any advice rendered.

I hereby agree that in no event will I file suit or otherwise attempt to hold liable for damages, the Institute of Food Technologists, any mentee, member, staff or agent of IFT as a result of my participation in this program. As a mentor, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the IFT from any and all claims, suits, actions or proceedings of any kind arising out of, or in connection with, any advice or guidance I give in relation to this program.

Mentee Disclaimer and Release

I understand that as a mentee participating in the IFT eMentor Program, any advice I receive in the course of the mentoring relationship is solely for the purpose of guiding me in the field of food science. I understand this relationship is an educational resource to discuss general issues confronted in the food science field.  I understand that this program is not intended for job placement or recruitment activity.   I understand that I will not rely upon the mentor’s advice and/or statements as legal advice.

I understand and agree that the information I receive in the course of the mentorship will not be relied upon as a substitute for my own independent judgment or professional opinions.

I recognize and agree that if I receive knowledge that the mentor has engaged in professional misconduct, I may be obligated to report the conduct to the IFT eMentor Program Manager

I understand and agree this service is not intended for solicitation purposes, i.e. mentors should not request nor accept payment for any advice rendered.

I hereby agree that in no event will I file suit or otherwise attempt to hold liable for damages, the Institute of Food Technologists, any mentee, member, staff or agent of IFT as a result of my participation in this program. As a mentor, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the IFT from any and all claims, suits, actions or proceedings of any kind arising out of, or in connection with, any advice or guidance I receive in relation to this program.

 

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