Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need to be a member of AAF Des Moines to be a part of the program?
The short answer: No.
The long answer: While we would love for everyone to be a member of AAF Des Moines for the endless benefits and advantages of being part of a larger organization, we see the value in this program and want everyone to have the opportunity to participate – both professionals and students.
However, there will be advantages – such as discounted pricing at AAF of Des Moines meet-ups for those that are members of AAF Des Moines. To become a member of AAF Des Moines, register here.
2. Are there any costs or fees involved with the program?
There are no fees to participate in the program with the exception of possible meet-ups. Since these events will take place at local venues, costs such as space rental are incurred and fees will be established to help cover those expenses. We will do our best to make sure those fees are small. Remember, AAF Des Moines members receive discounted pricing to all events, including these.
3. As a professional mentor, what are my responsibilities?
As a mentor, you will be responsible for providing guidance and answering questions from your student mentee. These may come in the form of emails, phone calls and the occasional meet-up as time allows for both parties. We highly encourage getting together on a monthly basis (even for a quick cup of coffee), but also understand schedules are busy. We recommend determining a reasonable schedule with your mentee upfront.
Whether you are an AAF Des Moines member or not, we also expect you to keep up-to-date with events and pass those opportunities along to your mentees and invite them to go with you to events that would be beneficial for them.
4. As a student, what are my responsibilities?
As a student, you are responsible for following-up with your mentor and determining a schedule for communications and meet-ups. The most important responsibility is making sure you get the most out of this relationship as possible. Ask questions; ask about job shadows; ask about portfolio and resume reviews. Your mentors are there to help you, so don’t be shy and don’t waste their time or yours.
5. What are AAF of Des Moines Meet-ups?
Meet-ups will be scheduled social events for all program participants. While we want to make sure students and professionals have that one-to-one relationship, we also want to make sure to have a little fun and meet some other students and professionals in the program. We’ll make sure to send information on when these events are scheduled. And remember, being an AAF of Des Moines member will get you discounted pricing to these events.