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MENTOR PROGRAM

The FICPA Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to the best and brightest accounting students in the state of Florida, however the transition from school to a professional career is often a rocky one. To help with the transition from student to professional, we have launched the Mentor Program to begin in the Fall of 2022.

 

While the initial impact of the FICPA Scholarship is a monetary award, the ongoing benefits continue well into the scholars’ careers and beyond as contacts are made, professional pathways followed and successes are reached. This cycle will self-perpetuate as the scholars/mentees pay it forward and transition to become mentors themselves.


​​WHO CAN BE A MENTOR?

 

Anyone with their CPA license for at least 2 years that would like to share his/her experiences and perspective with an FICPA Scholar is encouraged to apply.

MENTOR EXPECTATIONS:

 

Our mentors represent a wide variety of accounting careers. Scholars look to mentors for encouragement, support, and the benefit of their experience. Mentors can help them achieve their goals by responding to questions, providing network connections, and giving feedback on job search skills. Mentors also serve as a resource and take an active role in shaping the future of the profession.

MENTORS ARE ASKED TO:

Commit to mentoring one student during the academic year (from September through May)

  • Attend the Mentor Orientation Session

  • Meet with your scholar at least once a month (in person, virtually or by phone)

  • Commit to being accessible and engaged throughout the relationship

  • Respond to emails from your scholar within 2 days of receipt

  • Provide guidance and support while sharing personal and professional experiences with your student

  • Keep all information that your scholar shares confidential.

  • Establish open and honest communication

  • Foster creativity and independence to help build self-confidence and offer encouragement

  • Provide honest and timely feedback

  • Above all…LISTEN

MENTORS ARE NOT ASKED TO:

  • Try to give advice on everything.

  • Encourage the scholar to be totally dependent upon you.

  • Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.

  • Be too busy when the scholar needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the scholar a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.

  • Criticize unconstructively or be harsh in tone or approach.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • What am I expected to do? Mentors are expected to provide their scholar with about one hour of support and interaction per month. Most of this interaction will take place via email, virtual, or face-to-face. Mentors should work with their scholar to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to further academic pursuits, pursuing employment, general career advice, professional or technical advancement information, personal encouragement, and so on.

  • How long will the commitment be? We ask our mentors to commit to a period of August – May.  If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice to search for a replacement mentor with a similar background.

  • Are there any potential risks to me or my company? No. It is not appropriate for mentors to engage in any business transactions with their scholars; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice.

  • If the relationship is not going well, or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage you to communicate the concerns with the scholar and contact the FICPA Scholarship Foundation. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.

  • Am I expected to provide an internship or job offer to my mentee? There is no expectation that internships or employment opportunities will result from this experience.

 

If you have any questions please contact laura@ficpa.org or 850-521-5934.