An experienced professional will engage in a healthy, trusting relationship with a student. The mentor will share career guidance in their field of expertise and provide helpful tips on how to be successful in starting a career.
Host one-on-one meetings preferably at your place of business so that the mentee can gain a realistic view of the profession.
Act as a resource for information about the profession, and serve as a sounding board for ideas.
Share expectations when it comes to soft skills (e.g., interviews, dress, timeliness, etc.) needed to obtain employment.
Establish trust with the mentee and maintain confidentiality. Listen actively.
Challenge the mentee to think and analyze options.
Provide constructive and meaningful feedback. Provide career guidance and share unique professional experiences.
Provide encouragement to help build self-confidence and strong self-esteem.
Discuss the level of education required for employment within the industry. Optional: Present opportunities/invitations to attend community and professional functions that you attend (e.g., chambers, rotaries, professional associations).
Complete and submit an evaluation form to SCC.
Communicate with the program coordinator (PC) to confirm availability for mentoring experiences.
Fully review and understand the mentoring program objectives and suggested guidelines the program coordinator will send to you.
Participate in a brief orientation by phone with the program coordinator.
Communicate with the PC initially to schedule a specific mentoring experience.
Minimum requirement: Meet with mentee one hour per month for four months.
Feel free to meet and talk more often. Please note: Students participating in this experience understand they need to take a proactive role and participate in a mandatory orientation with the project coordinator before the experience begins.