As a mentor you are a role model to your student. Be sure to create a comfortable but professional environment. Your student will turn to you for advice so give non-judgmental, sincere and straightforward feedback. You can help your student by providing support, but also by challenging him or her. Introduce contradictory ideas; question the student’s assumptions and ask open-ended questions. Help the student see transition through experience and gain a wider perspective of the organization. In order to participate, you must be willing to create time to meet with your student.
The roles and responsibilities of the mentor include
- Clarifying concepts and proactively seeking answers to the student’s questions
- Recommending particular courses of action
- Reinforcing important competencies and skills valued for a successful business career
- Serving as a role model by demonstrating professional behavior
- Reviewing the student’s development plan
- Encouraging appropriate career direction strategies
In order to get off to a productive start, it’s a good idea to have thought out your expectations and goals of the mentoring relationship prior to the first meeting. What are you looking for in a mentor? A few months from now, what does a successful mentoring relationship look like?
What kinds of information does an Alumni Mentor share? How much time should I expect to spend on the program?
An Alumni Mentor may provide information on specific careers, information about his/her job, tips on interviewing or resumes and perhaps even help with study and time management skills. Students will benefit most from interaction with Alumni Mentors who work or have worked in a career the student is interested in pursuing, although all such mentoring relationships are beneficial.
We ask both mentors and students to commit to the relationship for one year (or one academic year) and to commit to interacting at least once or twice a month for a minimum of 2 hours. Evidence suggests that relationships with less interaction time are not as beneficial for either the student or the mentor. How you chose to interact (e.g., face-to-face, phone, email) is between you and your student, although we strongly encourage you to have a face-to-face meeting as soon as possible.
Although the formal AMP relationships can continue longer than a year at the discretion of both participants we encourage students who want to continue in the program to seek new mentors each year in order to obtain different viewpoints.
How do I become an Alumni Mentor? How will I know when my profile has been selected by a student?
To become an Alumni Mentor, you must complete the mentor form . Once you have completed the form, your profile will be available to students who are interested in establishing a mentoring relationship. You will receive an email providing information about the student who has selected you. Although we ask the students to make the initial contact, once you have received an email indicating a student has selected you, then you should feel free to introduce yourself to the student.
How often can I expect to be contacted by my student? Or how often should I contact them?
You should expect the student to make the initial contact but from there on out, the frequency of contact is up to you and the student, although we suggest at least 2 hours a month (including emails, phone, etc.).
The purpose of the program is not to get students jobs at organizations, but rather to help students further develop their skills so that they are more attractive potential employees. Students are advised against using the program in order to receive a job offer and should not expect a job offer. Nonetheless, we expect that students would not be disappointed if such offers were to develop from a mentoring relationship or if the mentor were able to provide suggestions for the students in regards to conducting an effective job search.
Can I volunteer to share specific kinds of career-related information?
Yes, it is encouraged for you to discuss the job you are currently in or previous job positions held to help give the student an idea of what they might like to do in the future.
Who uses the Mentor Alumni Program?
Current students of the Trulaske College of Business and our alumni and friends who serve as mentors.