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ATA’s Mentoring Program offers matching services to members at different stages in their career. Mentees and mentors benefit from this mutually rewarding program.

Application deadline is March 31, 2021. This program runs for six months each year, from April through September. A total of 30 mentees will be selected through a competitive application process.

Are You a Mentee?

You’ve learned the ropes and have established your business, but now you have new questions. You may want to explore specializations, advanced marketing, or software products.

Are You a Mentor?

You have been working in the industry for several decades, but now you’re encountering completely new professional situations. You need to keep learning and stay current on new developments.

Not Enough Experience?

If you've recently graduated or have just started your career, you are not ready to become a Mentee. Check out these resources instead.

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Mentoring Program FAQ

Who may apply for the program?

  • Any ATA member is eligible to apply.

What kind of time commitment is involved? 

  • Mentorships last for six months, with the option of extending to one year.
  • One to two hours per month or more may be required.

What do I need to know?

  • The mentee sets the goals and pace.
  • The mentor and mentee negotiate how the mentorship will play out.
  • Most mentorships are long-distance.

Mentoring is easy ... except when it's not! Find out how the ATA Mentoring Program smoothes the way for mentors and mentees to build successful relationships.

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