The ProductBC mentorship program enables Product Managers to improve their skills by learning from seasoned professionals. Mentors work on their coaching skills and give back to the product management community while mentees benefit from one-on-one advice and assistance.
The program is 4 months in duration and may extend beyond this if both participants desire.
Mentors must have at least 5 years experience in Product Management.
Mentees are new or intermediate Product Managers and must be active members of ProductBC. Mentees will enter the program with a predetermined SMART goal to work on.
See Program Details for more information.
How to Join
Applications are now closed. We thank everyone who has applied.
The application for the next mentorship program will be opened in January 2019.
ProductBC members will receive updates about the program in our newsletters.
During the program, mentors and mentees will meet a minimum of 5 times. Mentor and mentee pairs manage their own meetings and they can meet either in person or remotely. Each participant must sign a confidentiality agreement before the program kicks off.
Participants apply through a web application and submit resumes as part of the process. Program leaders will review each application prior to the matching process. While we do our best to accommodate as many people as we can in the program, it’s not always possible to find matches for everyone due to availability and mismatched criteria. If you don’t get matched, we encourage you to apply for the next session.
The matching process focuses on aligning expectations and capabilities of mentors and mentees. The process consists of:
Phase 1: Applicant Filtering
Applicants will have answered questions regarding their areas of interest, availability, preferred location and other criteria. The program leader uses this to create a filtered shortlist of mentees for each mentor.
Phase 2: Mentee Selection
Mentors review their list from phase 1 and select a shortlist of preferred mentee candidates for interviewing.
Phase 3 – Interviews and Final Pairing
Mentors interview mentees from their final shortlist in a round-robin fashion. Both mentors and mentees rank each other after each interview. Program leaders then review the rankings and make the final pairings.
Participants will select one or two of their preferred program tracks from the following list:
- Career Development: advice on achieving your next role, working at a new company, developing your resume, networking, or getting to know the product management role as a new PM.
- Practical Advice: advice on processes, practices, tools, methodologies, and skills development.
- Product Advisor: support in finding alternatives/solutions to the specific challenges of the product you manage.
- Leadership Development: developing thought leadership, general management and cross-functional management skills.