If you’re a new editor looking to learn the ropes, the ACES mentor program may be for you.
Each year, our mentor program connects six ACES members with a mentor (also an ACES member) for a 12-month period. Our mentorships are designed to be “get and give” partnerships that provide a rich and rewarding experience for both parties. Being a mentor -- and a mentee -- demands commitment to the mentoring process, common goals and expectations, and mutual trust and respect.
If you’re interested, download an application and email it to Patricia Cole.
If there is a match between expertise sought and expertise available, our program director will create a mentorship.
The mentorship program accepts six mentees a year. The mentor relationship starts and ends at the ACES national conference, held in March or April of each year.
The mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet at the conference. ACES provides lunch and presents a short program on goals and expectations for the program. The previous year’s mentors/mentees are also invited, so they can share tips and insights based on their experience.
Mentors and mentees agree to a 12-month relationship conducted mostly via emails and phone calls. For best results, we strongly suggest setting up a monthly phone call.
Please note that the project should provide guidance and inspiration to new editors. It’s not designed to take the place of formal copy editing training, nor can it.
An experienced and knowledgeable person who participates in the development of another person through teaching, counseling, advising, coaching, supporting, and networking with other people.
A person who may be less experienced in terms of career progress or specific knowledge in a profession and who is guided and trained by someone with more experience.
Remember, your career is your responsibility. Your mentor is available to help you find solutions to problems or opportunities for growth, not to solve problems for you.