Welcome! The SSO Mentor Match Program reflects the Society's commitment to our members and your professional development. This unique online networking and career development tool helps you find, connect and share experiences with others. Your mentor or mentee can be in the same city or on the other side of the world. You can apply to our Mentor Match Program in four simple steps:
Complete your My SSO Community profile. Make sure your contact information is up to date, add a recent professional profile picture, expand on your bio and import your education and job history information from LinkedIn. Having a complete and accurate profile is crucial to the success of selection and matching. Profile complete? Return back to this page and move on to step 2.
Are you looking to be a mentor or mentee? Perhaps both? First, make sure you're logged in. Then sign up here:
Make selections for each of the program demographics to set your preferences. Demographics include: topics, venue, specialties, career stage and start/end date. Please not that some fields are required for enrollment. The more information you provide, the easier it will be to make the best match. Keep in mind in order to request a mentor or mentee, you must be enrolled in the program.
Use the Mentor Program Directory
to input your search criteria. Start by selecting the topic(s) of interest which include:
- Mentoring Topics, such as: Career Development, Knowledge and Skill Transfer, Personal or Professional Development, Situational Guidance, etc.
- Primary Work Setting / Desired Future Work Setting, such as: Academic, Community, Private Practice, etc.
- Career Stage, Family Status, Research Involvement, and More!
You can also take advantage of features to help you find and recruit matches:
- Track your mentoring relationships
- Participate in discussion forums on mentoring topics
- Search for helpful mentoring resources
Congratulations! You're all set. You completed steps 1-3 and are now ready for the fun stuff. Let the mentoring begin. Do one search or multiple searches. If you're unsure of the search criteria, select "Search for ALL of the selected values." The Mentor Program Directory will do the work for you and populate the results.
Next click on the member's name that you're interested in establishing a mentor/mentee connection with. The link will bring you to their profile page. Look around. If you think it's a desired match, look under their profile image for the Mentor Match badge, which when clicked will allow you to request a connection. If it's not a desired match, you can simply select the back button to return to your previous search results.
Also, don't forget to view our Mentoring FAQs.