CLICK HERE to express interest in being matched with an Alumni Mentor. Or, read through the program information below before signing up.

 

What is the Professional Development Alumni Mentoring Program?

The purpose of the Mentoring Program is for Alumni to share knowledge, ideas and expertise with current juniors and seniors to strengthen the mentees’ professional development and networks. This formal relationship will allow mentees to learn more about future professions and initiate focus and participation in his/her area of interest. Mentor benefits, to name a few, include establishing relationships with the next generation of professionals, maintaining a strong connection to Spring Hill College and contributing to the professional development of future Alumni.

How long is the Commitment?

Normally the formal relationship will last one year, however, we are establishing a semester long commitment for Spring 2014 beginning in early February. The recommended number of meeting times is one time per month. The ideal meeting situation would be face to face or virtual on a monthly basis.

Who is a good candidate for Participation?

Mentors should have:

  • 2 or more years of professional experience in a field that matches interests of mentee
  • Ability to provide insights into his/her professional area to help guide the mentee
  • Comfortable with listening, supporting and recommending professional development opportunities to mentee
  • Willingness to commit time and energy into working with mentee

Mentees should have:

  • At least 2 years undergraduate coursework completed
  • Desire to learn, grow and initiate professional development opportunities from program participation
  • Willingness to commit time and energy into working with Mentor

Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations

Mentor roles and responsibilities:

  • Assist the mentee to identify, shape and proactively take responsibility for pursuing his/her own professional development.
  • Answer questions, maintain a personal interest, guide, encourage and support the mentee.
  • Be committed to meeting monthly with the mentee.
  • Remain engaged with the mentee and follow up with him/her as needed.
  • Remain dedicated to the program and committed to stay connected for the full year of the relationship.                                      

Mentee roles and responsibilities:

  • Initiate scheduling the introductory meeting to discuss topics you want to cover, times to meet, locations, etc…
  • Attend all meetings with the mentor.
  • Prepare for and lead the conversation with questions and discussion that will help you and your mentor reach your professional development goals.
  • Remain dedicated to the program and committed to stay connected for the full year of the relationship.

CLICK HERE to express interest in being matched with an Alumni Mentor.