Mentoring

The More You Know, The More You Grow.

Our employees are more than just talented and dedicated. They’re great listeners and teachers, too. Knowledge sharing and communal support are the twin pillars of our highly successful mentoring program, FUEL. KSM’s mentors listen, offer advice, introduce employees to technical and practical issues and situations and encourage community involvement.

The mentoring process begins on day one and continues as long you like. Our only request is for you to change mentors every few years to gain new perspectives and build more connections inside the firm. We’ll help you. But the choice is always yours.

Through FUEL you’ll have the opportunity to continuously gain technical knowledge and skills, learn more about the firm’s markets and services and get a head start on forging a successful career path that’s right for you.

FUEL is comprised of three progressive stages.

FUEL begins with "The KSM Experience" – KSM's onboarding program – during which a new hire is assigned an "Ambassador" who will help with assimilation to the Firm’s culture, people and work. Typically the Ambassador is someone from the same work group who has been with the Firm for a few years and knows the ropes. In particular the Ambassador will help with:

  • Understanding the mission, structure and services of the Firm.
  • Making introductions, both in workgroups and across the Firm.
  • Facilitating answers to any questions along the way.

The Ambassador will stay connected throughout the first year and will touch base at least once a quarter to see how things are going, answer questions, share information and provide support; all aimed at facilitating stronger and faster acclimation to the Firm, role and culture. Of course our new hires are welcome to reach out more frequently as desired.

After one year with the Firm everyone has the option of selecting a Mentor. Rather than focus just on personal and professional goals which is accomplished through Career Compass, our mentors are poised to help you with real time, real work and real life challenges, issues, aspirations and relationships.

More specifically, our mentors will help fill your tank with information and ideas, be an advocate (sometimes even playing devil’s advocate), help you work through career aspirations, life challenges and get you connected to the right people at the right time. They will be there for you, no matter how frequently or infrequently you need them, which is ultimately up to you.

The Mentee is the "gauge" to measure the success of the mentoring relationship. While FUEL provides the framework, resources and tools, it is ultimately the Mentee's responsibility to engage in the entire FUEL process to realize aspirations.

During initial meetings the Mentee will work with their Mentor to identify the knowledge, skills and experiences they wish to achieve. Over the next two years it is up to the Mentee to take the initiative to seek continued guidance from their Mentor, and maintain the ability to listen, be open to and accepting of their ideas, input and points of view. The Mentee should also seek to share some of their own ideas, thoughts and experiences to help the Mentor grow as well.

As the end of the second year of your mentoring relationship approaches, begin to evaluate the progress made and determine if continuing with the current relationship makes sense; or seek additional mentoring from a new Mentor...the choice is yours.