One-to-One Mentorship Track
The One-to-One Mentorship Track is for current product managers, product marketing managers, or mid-level product leaders who want to get advice on how to do their jobs better, handle challenging situations, and advance in their career. The goal of this program is not to help mentees find a new job, and job seekers should consider the Aspiring and Job Seeking Track. This is a rolling 6-month program. In other words, once the mentor-mentee are matched, then their formal relationship will last six months.
This program is mentee driven. This means that the mentee needs to schedule the meetings and set the agenda. We recommend meeting with your mentor once a month and/or as things come up where you need some support. You’ll get out of it what you put into it, so make time to prepare and take advantage of your mentor’s time and experience.
While the mentee schedules meetings and sets the agenda, the mentor needs to make time for the mentee, and be fully present during meetings. Help the mentee to develop goals and to think outside the box, and use your position to be an active sponsor. Mentees should be setting up meetings with you about once a month. Mentors receive a free year of BPMA membership.
Ideas for discussion
Some examples of help that mentors can provide for mentees:
- Feedback on documentation, email content, communication
- Run through presentations before you give them
- Ask for advice or resources on certain PM topics, like roadmapping, prioritization, Agile
- Ideas on dealing with difficult stakeholders
- Outside perspective on workplace politics
- Career development goals
- Tips on work/life balance and time management
Requirements to be a mentor or mentee
Mentees must be currently employed as a product manager or product marketing manager, and must not be actively looking for a new job. Mentors must be a manager/principal level or above with at least 10 years of product management or product marketing experience. For anyone with less experience who wants to mentor, we recommend the Aspiring and Job Seeking Track.
Mentees must be paid BPMA members to participate. Student memberships will not be accepted, as students should be participating in the Aspiring and Job Seeking Track. Mentors who are matched with a mentee receive free BPMA membership for one year. Membership includes access to the BPMA Slack community, which has a career advice channel.
Each session of the one-on-one mentorship program will run for about six months, and will include an in-person kickoff event.
Aspiring and Job Seeking Track
The Aspiring and Job Seeking Track is for people who want advice on getting into the field or finding their next job. This program allows people to self-match with mentors they would like to talk with for 30-minute phone conversations. This program matches mentors with up to five Aspiring product managers/product marketing managers.
This program is mentee driven. This means that the mentee needs to schedule the phone call and set the agenda. Mentees can match with as many mentors as needed, based on their availability. This is a rolling program so mentees can sign-up and match with mentors at any time.
While the mentee schedules meetings and sets the agenda, the mentor needs to make time for the mentee, and be fully present during meetings. Be honest with the mentee in terms of opportunities and/or skills needed to be a product manager or product marketing manager. You will be meeting with different mentees by phone, each for 30-minutes.
Ideas for discussion
- Some examples of help that mentors can provide for mentees:
- Review resumes and do mock interviews
- Help you craft your elevator pitch and tell your story
- Advise on additional training or skills to build in order to get into the field
- Share resources for learning and networking
- Recommend companies to apply to
In order to sign up for the Aspiring and Job Seeking Track, you need to be at least a student/unemployed level BPMA member. Mentors who are matched with at least 1 mentee in this track will receive free BPMA membership for 1 year. Membership includes access to the BPMA Slack community, which has a career advice channel.