Seasoned professionals, share your wisdom with an up-and-coming planner (or two). Help build a strong career foundation and connect with the APA community. Get started now by enrolling in Mentor Match.

To learn more about mentoring and to sign up as a mentor or protege at the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco, visit Mentoring at APA.

Tips for Proteges

Before the Conference

Contact your mentor. They are willing to give you their time, so let them know you are ready.

Clarify your expectations. Why do you want to be mentored?

Think about your career goals: How will you get there? How can your mentor help?

Identify questions to ask and topics you want to discuss.

At the Mixer and After

Meet your mentor at the Mentor Match Mixer on Sunday, April 14, 5:30–7:00 p.m. in the Marriott Marquis, Pacific J.

Share your expectations.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting later at NPC19.

Be mindful of your mentor's time.

Listen and contribute to conversations, and accept constructive feedback.

Don't Ask Your Planning Mentor What to Do — Ask Them How to Think

Watch the video with Rick Willson, FAICP, PhD, who knows a thing or two about how mentoring can shape a planning career. We asked the planner behind APA's blog series "A Guide for the Idealist" about his tips for proteges and mentors alike.

Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona. His book, A Guide for the Idealist: How to Launch and Navigate Your Planning Career, was published in 2017.

Tips for Mentors

Before the Conference

Respond to your protege and introduce yourself with your LinkedIn and MyAPA profiles.

Confirm your first meeting at the Mentor Match Mixer on Sunday, April 14, 5:30–7:00 p.m. in the Marriott Marquis, Pacific J.

Identify NPC19 sessions and social events to attend with your protege.

At the Mixer and After

Get to know each other.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting later at NPC19.

Suggest ways your protege can get involved at APA.

Make introductions.

Read the Tips for Mentors blog post.

Mentoring at APA Webinar

In this webinar, APA members can learn about the responsibilities, commitment, and the role a mentor plays at APA. Richard Willson, FAICP, author of A Guide for the Idealist: How to Launch and Navigate Your Planning Career and the Guide for the Idealist blog series, provides insights and tips on how to navigate the mentor experience. This webinar is open to all who volunteer to mentor through APA.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build and support effective mentoring relationships
  • Facilitate reflective thinking
  • Provide objective guidance and feedback from personal experience

Listen to the Webinar

You will be asked to enter your name and email address, then click "Register" to access the recording.