How did you get to this point in your career? Intelligence, focus, and drive are not always enough. If your path was anything like mine, there were likely key people along the way that helped guide you through your education, finding your first job, understanding what it takes to be a successful professional, and reaching a higher level in your field. Many of these key people were mentors, and with them young professionals are more likely to reach career goals, contribute to our field, and become the next generation of leaders.
I had the opportunity to be an international mentor in a pilot programme organized by CoalitionWILD. I was excited to be paired with someone in another country but concerned about how much we would have in common, and how much I would really be able to help. My mentee, Jordi in Rwanda, was an intelligent and energetic young conservationist. Due to the matching process, we had a lot in common, and plenty to discuss. It turned out to be a great experience for both of us, and was surprised at how much I learned.
CoalitionWILD has partnered with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to expand the Mentorship Programme in 2019. There has already been significant interest from potential mentees, but there is the need for additional mentors. Please consider applying by 15 January and help make a positive impact on a young conservationist.
Watch the short video below and see the link for more info. Thank you!
Casey Burns, Alaska, USA
For more information (deadline of application – 15 Jan, 2019) : http://coalitionwild.org/mentorship/