Mentoring



The DAA Mentoring Program reflects DAA's commitment to members and the professional development of the analytics professionals. 

The purpose of this program is to assist you in improving your professional skills with the end goal of advancing your career. A mentor will support you, cheer you on, provide feedback, advice and help you define and reach your long-term goals. While you might find that kind of support at your organization, some senior managers don't want to invest in workers they believe will leave the company soon. Also, the role of your direct manager is to make sure the team meets its goals, so they are not focused on your career journey. Your best opportunity is to seek a third party for mentorship. 

This unique career development resource will help you find a mentor that can share their expertise and help you expand your network. With DAA's expansive network of volunteers, your mentor could be in the same city or on the other side of the world!

How it works

The program is available to DAA members as a benefit of membership. We recommend you commit to a six-month relationship with your mentor and meet about once a month during that time. As the mentee, you are responsible for managing the connection by defining your goals and setting the meeting times and schedule. At the end of your six-month commitment, you will end the relationship. Don't forget to thank your mentor for their time and help.

Goals Setting

Think about different areas of improvement you want to work on with your mentor. Make sure you set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound).

Some examples of goals
  • Leadership skill development
  • Career planning
  • Networking
  • Navigating the workplace culture
  • Gain visibility for potential promotions
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Communications skills

Do's
  • DO know what you want out of your mentorship before starting
  • DO be accountable for setting and acting on your goals
  • DO commit to at least a six-month-long mentorship
  • DO work with only one mentor at a time
  Don'ts
  • DON'T ghost your mentorship! If it's not working out, just let us know
  • DON'T leave your first session without establishing your next meeting
  • DON'T forget to check out the FAQ and Resources below

Ready to start a mentorship? Let's go!

 


FAQs

 

Mentor Program Resources



You can also earn CWA professional development units for participating! More information on how to earn PDUs and what activities are eligible can be found here.
 

Contact mentoring@digitalanalyticsassociation.org with any questions.

 

Thank You to Our Sponsor


 
Sponsorship Opportunities
 

Interested in sponsoring the DAA Mentoring Program? Please contact Matt Dirks, Director of Sponsorships.