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Mentorship Experience & Benefits

We know it can be challenging to pursue your purpose without a professional network. That’s why the SHRM Foundation hosts mentorship experiences that will help you build your network, sharpen your skills and provide you the outlet to share your unique perspective and ideas with experienced HR professionals. Ranging from one-time virtual career mentoring events to a three-month in-depth coaching program, SHRM mentorship will get you workplace ready.

People are Talking

Jason Fisher

This was an excellent event. I am new to the HR world and as a transitioning soldier from a long career in the military, the insights gleaned here were incredibly helpful. Thank you all so much and will certainly be around for future events!

LaToya Wood

I plan to use all the nuggets of advice from the panel in order to build my career in HR. Great session!

Dana Barnes

I had a fantastic experience participating in the HR Talent Accelerator program and I highly recommend that other emerging HR professionals register to participate in the future.

Tammy Gunnerson

Great job SHRM! I really enjoyed this experience. I feel like I challenged myself and now I am more confident. Thank you.

HR Pathways & Perspectives

Our national and regional one-time virtual career mentoring events – HR Pathways & Perspectives - are designed to increase students’ awareness of HR career pathways, gather HR career insights, and expand HR professional networks. These 60-minute events feature HR professionals representing diverse demographics, career experiences, roles, and perspectives ranging from Chief HR Officers to early career talent. SHRM student members and non-student members can attend multiple one-time events.

HR Talent Accelerator

The HR Talent Accelerator is a four-week, member-exclusive virtual experience that leverages project-based learning and group mentorship to explore HR career pathways and develop high-demand skills in a small group setting. Each week, SHRM student members will engage with featured HR leaders in Q&A focused on trending HR topics in talent acquisition, learning and development, diversity – equity – inclusion, data analytics, and more. Following these facilitated discussions, student members will work in small groups to complete a short, project-based learning challenge focused on the theme of the week. Each small group will be supported by an HR career mentor.

  • Across the four-week program, student members will dive into the world of HR and discover more about themselves and their career goals
  • The time commitment for students/emerging HR professionals is 90-minutes for four weeks.
  • The time commitment for mentors is at least one 90-minute session aligned to a mentor’s career experience.

HR Career Mentoring

This three-month member exclusive career mentoring program pairs student members with an experienced HR professional to clarify career goals, develop or enhance an HR career plan, and strengthen high-demand skills. Participating student members will receive 1:1 career coaching and engage in monthly facilitated learning sessions for all mentors and mentees in the program that are designed to equip everyone with tools and activities to leverage in 1:1 discussions

  • For each HR Career Mentoring cohort, we recruit HR career mentors that represent diversity in demographics, industries, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Throughout the 3-month experience, we will administer pulse check surveys to ensure a high quality mentorship experience.
  • The time commitment for mentors and mentees is approximately 2 hours per month for three months.

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