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The goals are to:
Participants are matched based off commonalities in their personal and professional profiles, specifically the mentor's work experience and knowledge as it relates to the professional interests and aspirations of the student.
Also weighed in the matching process:
There are countless publications that validate the significance and value of mentorship. But the easiest way to prove that mentorship is important is to ask yourself, "What advice do I wish someone would have given me when I ... graduated from college ... first started my career ...made a significant career transition?" More than likely you have a number of ideas that come to mind. Imagine how valuable it would have been to be given helpful advice at that time of your life. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge and advice with someone who is about to embark down the same path you traveled, and this is your chance to help them along the way.
Mentoring moments are conversations between two people where information is shared. A mentoring moment usually results from a meaningful interaction that leads to an "ah ha" moment for the mentee. While these interactions may be transactional, they are still important moments that can lead to meaningful guidance for the mentee. Mentorship, however, is about an alumnus/alumna developing a longer-term relationship (typically about three months) with their mentee covering multiple aspects of career and personal development.
Networking is about developing professional contacts that you can call upon when you need assistance getting information or help while job hunting. Generally networking interactions are more transactional exchanges. For instance you would ask people in your network about job leads, request an informational interview, or ask to be connected to someone in their professional network (someone who is not yet in your network). The purpose of a mentor is not to offer their mentee a job. Mentorship is about an alumnus/alumna developing a long-term relationship with their mentee covering multiple aspects of career and personal development.
Meetings should take place in a public location, such as the mentor's office, a restaurant, or coffee shop.
Casual conversation is the most common interaction that mentees and mentors will have. Other activities include: setting up a mock in-person or phone interview, scheduling a day of job shadowing, conducting a resume/cover letter review, or attending a conference or industry presentation together.
If you experience any issues with your mentor/mentee or have questions, please reach out to Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, Eric Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Eric can offer solutions to improve the relationship or in some cases formally terminate the relationship.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, are an interested student, or have general inquiries about the program, they may be directed to the Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, Eric Johnson, at email@example.com or at 309-341- 7648
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