When purchasing an online mentoring software system, not only should you, the Mentoring Program Manager, be concerned about whether the software is comprehensive and adaptable to your specific needs, but also who will service the contract once you sign on the dotted line.
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When licensing an online mentoring system, there will be an implementation process. This process could potentially be lengthy and complicated depending on the complexity of the program AND depending on the vendor you choose. In our experience, however, the process should be simple and brief.
When looking at an online mentoring system, I would caution prospective buyers to pay attention to consulting costs as part of the package. If the software for a mentoring program is comprehensive, then there should be little need for a lot of consulting time on the part of the vendor. The system you are looking at should have all the components already created and should allow you to edit the content to suit your needs.
What if this happened to you?
You’re about to graduate from college and looking forward to your first career opportunity. You’re excited about finally getting the opportunity to put your years of education into practice. Unfortunately, your enthusiasm is not shared by prospective employers who view you and the hundred other applicants like you as all being the same: you all have a degree but no experience. How valuable can you be? You use the services of the college Placement Office but you’re just one of the many in line looking desperately for assistance in finding that first job. Your resume looks like everyone else’s and the advice given to you at the Placement Office is given to every other graduate because you’re all in the same boat.
Are you looking for an online mentoring course either for yourself or for your employees? Are looking to supplement your current mentoring program?
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