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Mentoring Program
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Q: What is SCIP mentoring?

A: By participating in SCIP’s mentorship program, members receive guidance and assistance in developing skills that enable them to pursue careers as intelligence and strategy professionals. The program focuses on four key areas: data collection and analysis, strategy development, effective communication and insight development, and business growth drivers, all supported by SCIP’s Code of Ethics

Q: How can mentoring help me?

  • I’m new to CI – Tap into SCIP’s powerful community to connect with tenured intelligence leaders. In addition to developing skills and knowledge in critical areas, you’ll also benefit from guidance and career coaching from a mentor who’s walked a mile in your shoes. 
  • I’m advanced – Even if you’re more advanced in your career, you can leverage SCIP to connect with an intelligence leader to share best practices, explore out-of-box methodologies, and promote forward-looking perspectives on CI.



Q: What are the results?

A: Since the program’s start in 2017, we’ve successfully fostered over 75 mentor/mentee relationships. 92% of participants found the program to be a valuable experience. Here are two testimonials, one from a recent mentee, and the other from a recent mentor:

  • From a mentee -  My mentor has been dedicated and available, willing to share her expertise and provide guidance. Having an external mentor has allowed me to be more effective within my company. It’s my secret weapon.”
  • From a mentor - “I will continue to volunteer as a mentor. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can help someone avoid some of my past mistakes, and take advantage of lessons learned.  I’m grateful to SCIP for providing this opportunity.


Q: What are the roles and responsibilities of the mentor?

A:  A mentor is an experienced intelligence professional who acts as a coach to an individual seeking support in improving their business acumen around intelligence. She/he provides guidance and coaching, not formalized commercial training. Contact us to learn more. 


Q: What are the roles and responsibilities of the mentee?

A:  A mentee is an intelligence professional who wants to develop a better understanding of methodologies, techniques, business applications and general business knowledge around CI. She/he may also want career coaching, or advice on how to address specific intelligence-related challenges. Contact us to learn more. 




Q: What is out of scope for the SCIP mentoring program?

A: It is not a job placement, referral service, outplacement service or any employment related service. Also:

  • It is not personal or psychological counseling.
  • It must not be used by the mentor to assign work or other tasks that pertain to their own role or responsibility.
  • It must not be used by mentors, mentees, as a primary CI collection opportunity to learn first hand information about a competitor or prospective competitor, CI practice within a competing organization, or any form of unethical activity.
  • It is not a service that is guaranteed to achieve specific professional or investment gains.  


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